Radio journalist and driver freed after being held for three days

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica Radio Shabelle reporter Mohammed Bashir Sheik Abdirahman and his driver Osman Qoryoley were released on 24 March after being held for three days, Reporters Without Borders has learned from their employer. Abdirahman told his station they were “treated well” and that the “government troops guarding them gave them all they needed.” They were arrested on 21 March after taking photos at Mogadishu international airport where the Prime Minister was supposed to give a news conference.———–21.03.2007 – Security forces arrest radio journalist and driverReporters Without Borders said it was baffled by the arrest of Radio Shabelle reporter Mohammed Bashir Sheik Abdirahman and his driver Osman Qoryoley this morning in Mogadishu and called on the transitional federal government to adhere to the undertakings to ensure respect for press freedom that it gave during a conference this week on media policy.“If the transitional government really wants to pursue a policy for the protection of the media, it must begin by getting the security forces to respect journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is unacceptable that a journalist is roughed up and arrested just for doing his job. The emergence of a free and independent press requires a climate of trust between journalists and the authorities.”Abdirahman and his driver were arrested at Mogadishu international airport when they arrived for a news conference which Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi was supposed to give there. Muhiadin Omar Jimale, another radio journalist, was also stopped and would probably have been arrested, but he managed to escape.Local sources said Abdirahman was beaten by security agents before being placed in custody. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) called for the release of the two Radio Shabelle employees and condemned “the mistreatment of journalists who were just doing their job.”The incident comes on the heels of a three-day Conference on Media Development Policy held in Baidoa from 18 to 20 March. Reporters Without Borders commends the NUSOJ for organising the conference jointly with the information ministry. More than 50 representatives from the government, parliament, human rights groups and media organisations took part, discussing such issues as how to protect free speech and the safety of journalists, how to regulate the media and ensure their independence, and the creation of public media.Information minister Madobe Nunow Mohammed said the government “accepts all the recommendations that emerged from the conference and will use them as the basis for media legislation.” An 11-member team was created to monitor implementation of the decisions. The NUSOJ told Reporters Without Borders it was a major step forward for the media in Somalia. News to go further Follow the news on Somalia News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somaliacenter_img News March 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region February 24, 2021 Find out more March 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist and driver freed after being held for three days SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“Saints Have a Plan” Campaign Helps Future Grads Develop Job-Hunting Tools

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Even before the Class of 2015 arrives on campus for its senior year, Saint Martin’s University is working to help its members glide smoothly into life after graduation.While four or more years of education provide the knowledge and experiences to succeed in a particular career, many students get through their senior year without an essential – job-search skills. Through “Saints Have a Plan,” an innovative program masterminded by Ann Adams, the University’s associate dean of students and director of career development, seniors are learning the “how-to’s” in a timely manner.“College and University career centers have always offered this help,” she says. “We want students to have a plan before they are out there looking for work. With Saints Have a Plan, we’re just making it fun by packaging it and incentivizing it.”The inspiration for “the plan” came to Adams as she considered a troubling fact: Although the University’s Career Center offers an extensive array of resources and assistance to help seniors poised to transition out of college, many fail to take advantage of them until they are about to graduate, if at all. Others want to begin the process but are overwhelmed by the complexity of job-searching.In 2013, almost half of Saint Martin’s graduating seniors were job-searching at the time of graduation, missing the optimum time to get support, says the nine-year Career Center veteran.“The ideal time for them to start job-hunting is much earlier, when they can attend job fairs, get help developing resumes and start networking with potential job sources. Everyone wants to help students and offer them advice and referrals, but it is different when they become one of hundreds of job-seekers.”Last February, Adams e-mailed seniors an invitation to the new program that included a form about their post-graduation plans. The idea was to encourage students with no particular plan to get started, she said. As those without a plan developed one, they were awarded raffle tickets. Steps in the plan included listing grad schools or employers where the student was applying, getting their resume and cover letters spruced up, and creating a LinkedIn profile to enable networking online. When their plan was done, they earned a T-shirt and other goodies.  The campaign was a community effort, with professors who joined in wearing “plan” T-shirts and donating class time for Career Center staff to introduce the event. Offices donated services, gift cards and baskets, the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association sponsored tee-shirts, and local merchants contributed generous raffle prizes.Adams said 67 percent of seniors completed a plan, a high number, given some seniors completed their degrees in December and were no longer at school.Buoyed by the pilot program’s success, Saints Have a Plan will roll out again this year. Seniors completing their academic coursework in December will develop plans this fall, and those finishing coursework in May or August will submit plans beginning in January. Adams is also hoping to find additional sponsors to help build the program.In July, Adams shared information about her new program with colleagues at the national conference of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.“The presentation went very well and drew a great deal of interest from career counselors – even faculty from St. Mary’s dropped in after seeing the topic on the program,” she says.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED SHARED BELIEF CRUISES TO 4 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN 78TH RUNNING OF GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP; SMITH WINS RECORD THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP, HOLLENDORFER TAKES SECOND

first_imgBy BETH HARRISAP Racing WriterARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Turns out the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap wasn’t much of a challenge for prohibitive favorite Shared Belief.The 5-year-old dark bay gelding collared pacesetter Moreno on the turn for home and went on to win by 4 1/4 lengths Saturday, improving to 10-1 in his career.Shared Belief ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.67 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 1-5 favorite of 26,134 fans.Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith earned a record third consecutive Big `Cap victory, having won the previous two years aboard Game On Dude. He had Shared Belief in the middle of the pack much of the way before they went four horses wide to take the lead into the stretch.“Not to take anything away from the competition, but I geared him down a few times and he still won like that,” Smith said. “I was watching the (infield) TV from the quarter-pole to the wire and I feel bad to say this, but I was trying to not win by so far. As they say, don’t squeeze a lemon if you don’t have to.”Shared Belief’s only blemish is a loss in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic after a messy start last fall at Santa Anita. He finished fourth, losing by 3 3/4 lengths. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer marvels at his gelding’s consistency.“Horses get ups and downs and he just stays the same and he does whatever we ask him to do,” he said. “He seems very happy and enthusiastic about it.”Moreno returned $4.80 and $4.20 in his first start since getting slammed hard out of the starting gate in the BC Classic, while Catch a Flight was another head back in third and paid $4.20 to show. Hard Aces was fourth and Bronzo fifth.Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, aboard Catch a Flight, fell beyond the finish line.“He just tripped with me,” Stevens said. “He started to go down head-first and he caught himself. When he did, it shot me straight up in the air. I tried to tuck and I landed on my back. It knocked the wind out of me. I’m OK.”Co-owned by sports talk host Jim Rome, Shared Belief was coming off a victory over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational exactly a month ago. The gelding is based in the San Francisco Bay area, so Rome doesn’t see him often.“It’s like he shows up every single time _ he always runs big, is always tough and just has a lot of grit, a lot of heart,” Rome said. “He never disappoints.”Hollendorfer earned his second Big `Cap win, and first since 2008. He is another of the gelding’s co-owners.“I’m just so grateful to have a horse like this,” he said. “I’m very pleased to have this horse and hope that we can keep him racing well like he has been.”Crimson Giant, a 6-year-old gelding, finished last in the 13-horse field in his virtually unheard of 67th career start. He has just one win to his credit.There was $201,669 bet to place on Shared Belief.The victory, worth $600,000, increased Shared Belief’s career earnings to $2,932,200. –30–last_img

Unverferth announces Buyer’s Bucks reward program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., announces the Buyer’s Bucks reward program for purchasers of its brands of new grain carts from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015.  Purchasers of Brent, Killbros, Parker and Unverferth grain carts during this time period will earn up to $3,000 in Buyer’s Bucks toward future purchases of select Unverferth-manufactured brands of products including high-capacity grain wagons, sprayers, seed tenders, header transports and Rolling Harrow, Ripper-Stripper, Ripper Roller, Zone-Builder and Ripper-Bedder tillage products.The Buyer’s Bucks coupon amounts are $3,000 for 1,500- through 2,000-bushel capacity carts, $2,000 for 1,100- to 1,300-bushel capacity carts and $1,000 for carts with 500-1,000+ bushel capacity.  Registered purchasers will automatically receive a Buyer’s Bucks coupon good in the appropriate amount. The coupon can be redeemed on future purchases of a wide range of products from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016, and will be deducted from the dealer and buyer established price on a future purchase. Complete details are available at the nearest grain cart dealer or by visiting Unverferth.com.last_img read more

Survey Says: 60% of You Plan to Buy an iPad 2

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#web marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Today was iPad 2 Day and we’ve been running a poll asking readers if you’ll plop down the $500 to buy one. I have to confess, I wasn’t hugely moved by what was unveiled today and I don’t know if or when I’m going to feel like buying a second iPad. Apparently most of our readers feel otherwise. Here’s our summary of what was announced today.Nearly 60% of almost 1200 poll respondents, from 63 countries, today said they expect to buy an iPad 2 – and the percentage is even higher (62%) in the United States. More than 20% of respondents said they were going to buy one and that it would be their second iPad purchased. That sounds like a successful launch day to me – but of course we have a pretty geeky audience! You all won’t have to wait long, either. The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th. We’ve got another poll for you below, though. Do you secretly wish an Android tablet would appear that could beat it?Here’s a screenshot below of the results from today’s poll:And here’s your next question…what about Android?What do you think – are you waiting for a knight in shining Android armor to come and save you from Apple? Or are you just fine with the love affair so many of us find ourselves in with iOS multitouch devices and their rich, rich app ecosystems? Speak your piece in comments below. Those of you with informed decisions may very well help those of us who are still deciding better choose which path to take. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

10 months agoPique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investment

Pique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is in talks with Leo Messi about a shareholding in FC Andorra.Sport says talks are at an advanced stage and there could be an agreement made public between all implicated parties in the coming days. Pique’s desire is to get Messi on board as a shareholder. Even though the Argentine star’s involvement would be minor, the Barça defender is aware that just Messi’s image is one of the best possible spokesmen to expand the project internationally. Andorra insiders say talks are well down the line and the official announcement could come at a press conference which will be held to reveal the club’s new ambitious structure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say read more

Sir Roger Moore And Friends Join Forces For GivingTales

first_imgSome of the world’s leading actors have today joined forces in a new children’s educational project called GivingTales.Giving TalesIt aims to produce engaging and entertaining versions of popular children’s fairy tales while helping to teach and educate children worldwide. As part of the company’s mission to educate and support children, GivingTales kft is committing 30% of its revenue to Unicef UK to help children around the world.Video: GivingTales – Behind The ScenesDeveloped in association with Sir Roger Moore, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, GivingTales features the voice talents of world-renowned actors including Ewan McGregor, Unicef UK Ambassador, Stephen Fry, and Dame Joan Collins. Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairy tales have now been modernised, condensed and paired with vivid illustrations that capture the universal and timeless life lessons synonymous with Andersen’s stories.“I’ve been a long time admirer of Hans Christian Andersen’s work, and I think it’s a wonderful collection of fairy stories for children and adults alike,” said Sir Roger Moore.Many of the themes in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories have relevance for children today, such as bravery, selflessness, and compassion.“The Ugly Duckling is the primal story about bullying and self-belief – it is a marvelous tale,” said Stephen Fry, actor, screenwriter and author.Available for free download starting today on Apple, Android, and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices, the app comes with The Princess and the Pea (Sir Roger Moore, KBE). Each additional story is available for download at $3.99 each. Three additional stories are available in the first series: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Dame Joan Collins, DBE), The Little Match Girl (Ewan McGregor, OBE) and The Ugly Duckling (Stephen Fry).Today’s children are increasingly accustomed to consuming content in one short sitting. While paper books may be giving way to digital versions, classic fairy tales never grow old. There’s a big need to adapt traditional stories into shorter, animated versions, so they can captivate and inspire another generation of young readers.“Taking care not to lose the essence of what makes Hans Christian Andersen’s stories so great, GivingTales has condensed the stories down so they can be enjoyed in minutes, not hours. Using the voices of renowned actors gives them new life in a memorable and entertaining way,” Jacob Moller, CEO of GivingTales.“We’re overwhelmed by the initial support we’ve received, both from the celebrities affiliated with our project, as well as our ongoing relationship with the Unicef UK. Together, we hope to make a difference in the lives of many of children around the world,” said Klaus Lovgreen, Chairman, GivingTales.GivingTales was developed by an award-winning team of illustrators and producers. The company’s founders have a history of developing digital entertainment content, having developed Top Ten apps for both Apple App Store and Google Play. GivingTales is currently available in English with plans for additional stories, actors, and titles being made available over the coming months.last_img read more

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

first_imgKIGALI, Rwanda – African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.The deal creates a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion. A major goal is to boost intra-African trade and rely less on the volatility of commodity prices that affect many exports.The aim is to have agreement, signed by 44 of the African Union’s 55 member states, enter into force by the end of this year, said the chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. States now must ratify the deal, but the number of countries needed to put the agreement into force has not yet been agreed upon.“Our peoples, our business community and our youth in particular cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth,” Mahamat said. He urged strong follow-up to “confound those who, outside Africa, continue to think, with barely concealed condescension, that our decisions will never materialize.”Concerns remain. The president of Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies, skipped the summit amid trade unions’ objections. “We will not agree to anything that will undermine local manufacturers and entrepreneurs, or that may lead to Nigeria becoming a dumping ground for finished goods,” President Muhammadu Buhari said through his office.And while Africa’s largest economies are expected to benefit most from the deal that progressively eliminates tariffs and other trade barriers, some of them worry that more people from poorer countries will migrate their way.But some of the continent’s strongest and fastest-growing economies, including Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, signed the deal. South Africa’s new president has expressed support but his signing was not announced during the event.“Africa is stronger when we work together,” said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, who led the free trade effort.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigate shooting incident

first_imgPolice continue to investigate the incident. There are no further details available at this time.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or your local police detachment.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On January 20, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP received a report of an individual who had been shot at a location on the west side of the city.One male received a gunshot wound and was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.There are no concerns for the safety of the public.last_img read more

Transferred police personnel assume duty

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle in the IPS rank, the state government awarded posting to four IPS officers including the then Commissioner of Police(CP) of Kolkata and Bidhannagar who were removed by the Election Commission on Friday late night. Jayanta Kumar Basu, who was serving as Director, Directorate of Economic Offences, was appointed as ADG, Establishment. On Friday, the Election Commission had removed CP Kolkata Anuj Sharma and CP, Bidhannagar, Gyanwant Singh from their respective posts along with two IPS officers holding the post of Superintendent of Police (SP) in Bolpur and Diamond Harbour police district respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the order published on Saturday by the state Home & Hill Affairs department, Anuj Sharma has been posted as the Additional Director General (ADG), Operations, whereas Gyanwant has been posted as the Director of the Directorate of Economic Offences in the rank of ADG. Apart from the two top cops, SP Diamond Harbour S Selvamurugan has been transferred to the post of Commandant (CO) of State Armed Police (SAP), 6th Battalion. Avvaru Rabindranath who was posted in Bidhannagar Police has been made SP Birbhum replacing Shyam Singh who has been transferred to CO, SAP 13th Battalion. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, as per the EC order, Rajesh Kumar took over charge as Kolkata CP and Natarajan Ramesh Babu assumed charge as CP, Bidhannagar on Saturday afternoon. Kumar, after taking over charge, said he would ensure conductance of free and fair elections in the state. “Kolkata Police is a prestigious unit and its system is unquestionable. Several steps have already taken by the Kolkata Police which are very good and effective,” he added.last_img read more