Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Jamal Al-Sharaabi, a photographer working for the local daily Al-Masdar, was one of the fatal victims when government security forces opened fire today on a peaceful demonstration in Change Square, outside Sanaa university, killing at least 30 people.“We are dismayed by Sharabi’s death during the brutal repression of anti-government demonstrations in Yemen today,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Our thoughts go out to his family and the staff of Al-Masdar. It is shocking that this photographer paid with his life for trying to keep his fellow-citizens informed.”Aged 35 and the father of four children, Sharaabi is the fourth journalist to be killed in the course of the wave of protests that have been rocking the Arab world since last December. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Tension between Bahrain’s Shiite and Sunni communities is mounting and there have been calls on the Internet for the closure of the bureau of the Iranian Shiite TV station Alalam and the arrest of its correspondent, Ali Al-Mousawi.GAZAMembers of the Hamas security forces attacked journalists on 15 March in the course of dispersing several hundred people who had gathered in Katiba Square in Gaza City in response to a call on Facebook by the 15 March Coalition, which is campaigning for an end to the political divisions in the Palestinian Territories.After blocking all streets leading into the square at around 6 p.m., the security forces moved in and ordered the demonstrators to leave. When some resisted, the police destroyed their tents, beginning with the tent put up by the Union of Journalists, and attacked around 20 reporters and photographers, seizing many cameras and memory cards.Asma Al-Ghoul, the correspondent of the SKeyes Centre for Media and Cultural Freedom, was badly beaten and was held for five hours. Her colleague, Samah Ahmed was stabbed in the back and had to be taken to Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital for treatment. Akram Atallah, who writes for the West Bank daily Al-Ayyam, was so badly beaten that his left arm was broken.Yesterday, Hamas security forces prevented four journalists – Xinhua photographer Khader Abu Kuik, Al-Jazeera cameraman Ismail Al-Zanoun, AFP photographer Mohamed Al-Baba and freelancer Sam Yassin – from covering a demonstration outside a United Nations office in Gaza. Their cameras were seized and the memory cards were removed.SAUDI ARABIAThe Saudi authorities withdrew the accreditation of Reuters correspondent Ulf Laessing on 15 March, accusing him of filing an inaccurate report about a recent demonstration. Reuters issued a statement saying Laessing, who has been based in Riyadh since 2009, would leave the country within the week. A woman journalist working for the BBC and a Spanish photographer were arrested and held for about three hours on 4 March for planning to cover a demonstration in the eastern city of Hofuf. The BBC reporter told Reporters Without Borders she had entered the country the previous day on a press visa and had been personally assured by the information minister that she would be free to work throughout the country.For no clear reason, the Saudi daily Al-Watan, one of the kingdom’s most important newspapers, has stopped publishing anything by Amal Zahid and Amira Kashgari, two women journalists whose articles were widely read. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News March 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations, one killed in Yemen News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders records that the authorities continue to respond with violence to protests movement in Bahrain, Yemen and, now, the Palestinian Territories. In Saudi Arabia, the authorities are targeting foreign journalists in an attempt to prevent the circulation of images of the streets protests in the east of the country. Reporters Without Borders condemns these attempts to censor and intimidate.YEMENOn 17 March, pro-government thugs snatched an Al-Jazeera crew’s camera as the station’s correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bakari, was covering violence against demonstrators in the province of Taiz. Journalist, writer and activist Bushra Al-Maqtari was injured when security agents tried to disperse a sit-in in Freedom Square in the city of Taiz. Mareb Press reporter Mohammed Al-Hozayfi was also injured when anti-riot police threw stones and used teargas to disperse the protesters.Adel Abdel Mughni, a reporter for the UAE weekly Al-Shorouq, was attacked by government supporters on a Sanaa street on 16 March after covering the sit-in in the capital’s Change Square.Bassem Al-Janabi of the Al-Masdar Online news website was covering a sit-in to demand President Saleh’s departure in Hodeidah province when government security agents and ruling party thugs armed attacked the demonstrators using knives and teargas. Janabi lost consciousness.The authorities continue to obstruct the distribution of certain newspapers. Copies of the Thursday and Friday issues of Akhbar Al-Yom were seized at Sanaa airport to prevent their being sent to Aden, Al-Daleh, Lahej and Abyan. On 15 March, the authorities prevented distribution of the latest issue of the Aden-based newspaper Al-Oumana in the capital. The issue contained coverage of student demonstrations. News April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more BAHRAINWith military contingents now being sent from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help contain the political agitation, men armed with clubs and knives stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat, Bahrain’s only independent daily, on 15 March and smashed equipment, thereby preventing the newspaper from publishing. Editor Mansour al-Jamri said employees had been threatened because of Al-Wasat’s coverage of the political unrest. Printing press manager Ahmed Mahdi said police had been escorting his employees to and from their work during the three days prior to the attack because of threats from people gathered outside. The newspaper Al-Ayam agreed to print Al-Wasat’s latest issue.Mohammed Jamjoom, a CNN correspondent based in Abu Dhabi, was deported on 16 March for unclear reasons. An information ministry official escorted him to the airport but the authorities provided no explanation for his expulsion. Wall Street Journal reporter Alex Delmar-Morgan was arrested by members of the National Guard as he walked towards Pearl Square on 16 March and was held for three hours. Al-Wasat photographer Mohammed al-Mukharaq was attacked by a score of plain-clothes security agents while taking photos of protesters on 13 March. His sustained a fracture to his left hand and his camera and mobile phone were broken.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtRj0SaHkLU&feature=youtu.be March 9, 2021 Find out more
These contempt of court convictions were prompted by two stories published in the newspaper last December about an order issued by one of the court’s judges, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen, seeking better provision for retired judges and their families. Ironically, the day on which the court presided by Justice Sen convicted the two journalists of contempt was also the day that Sen – who is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views – retired. In Manipur, Assam’s neighbour to the east, reporter and editorialist Kishorechandra Wangkhem has been held for more than 100 days under the National Security Act simply for criticizing Manipur’s chief minister. News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a court in northeastern India has found two journalists guilty of contempt for writing about its own directive on benefits for retired judges. This decision, in which the court judged a case involving itself, is a serious press freedom violation, RSF said. One of these stories, headlined “When judges judge for themselves,” revealed that the judge had insisted not only on medical facilities for the spouses and children of retired judges but also on provision of guest houses and domestic help, and payment of mobile phone and Internet charges. Journalists in northeastern India are exposed to all sorts of harassment. RSF called for a thorough investigation into a kerosene bomb attack in April 2018 on the Shillong Times editor’s home that was probably a reprisal for her investigative reporting on illegal mining in which Meghalaya state officials are allegedly involved. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en March 12, 2019 – Updated on May 10, 2019 Outrageous contempt of court convictions in northeastern India Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more News Harassment IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassment Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listen to Modi during an election rally in Meghalaya. Justice SR Sen is also known for holding controversial Hindu nationalist views (Photo : Biju Boro / AFP). “We call on India’s supreme court to overturn this absolutely iniquitous decision, which would pave the way for the worst form of censorship if allowed to set a judicial precedent. It is also high time for India’s legislators to overhaul the outdated contempt of court laws as applied to journalists. The candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections should take up this issue.” India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. And in Tripura, Assam’s neighbour to the south, two journalists were killed in the space of two months in 2017. One, Shantanu Bhowmick, was beaten and stabbed to death in September 2017. The other, Sudip Datta Bhaumik, was gunned down by paramilitaries the following November. A third journalist, Suman Debnath, was almost killed in a knife attack in June 2018 while investigating thefts and trafficking in stolen oil. Receive email alerts to go further At least seven journalists, including Emmy Ci Lawbei, Catherine Sangi and Tridip Mandal, were injured when police of the neighbouring state of Assam beat them with batons as they tried to cover a student demonstration in March 2018. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News Help by sharing this information India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Under the ruling handed down on 8 March by the high court in Shillong, the capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya, Patricia Mukhim, the editor of the Shillong Times, and Shobha Chaudhuri, the newspaper’s publisher, must each pay a fine of 200,000 rupees (2,600 euros) by the end of this week or they will be jailed for six months and the newspaper will be banned. “In this ruling, the justice system has committed a gross violation of the separation of powers and has trampled on press freedom, when it should be their guarantor,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. February 23, 2021 Find out more
The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider low-carbon power, storage and digital energy Image: BP Ventures has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) developer Grid Edge. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. Oil and gas major BP, through its investment arm BP Ventures, has invested in artificial intelligence (AI) developer Grid Edge to expand its digital energy portfolio.Grid Edge has created a cloud-based software which anticipates a building’s energy demand, allowing building managers to offset carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs.The platform uses data including expected occupancy and weather forecasts to enable customers to adapt their energy usage, leveraging periods of high renewable power generation.Grid Edge CEO Tom Anderson said: “It is only a few short years since the founding partners left Aston University to pursue our vision of putting data-driven, intelligent control into the hands of energy consumers and we’re proud to be working with some of the UK’s leading building operators to optimise their energy profile through our predictive AI technology.“We are delighted to have brought on board two world-leading investors who believe in our vision and share our ambitions to change the way people use energy.”The investment is in support of BP Alternative Energy’s wider low-carbon power, storage and digital energy strategies. The Grid Edge’s technology is claimed to enable customers to reduce carbon emissions by 10-15%, with some recording a reduction of more than 30%.BP Ventures managing director Nacho Gimenez said: “This is the most efficient way to reduce the carbon intensity and power consumption required to keep buildings comfortable.“Grid Edge’s machine learning and data-driven approach is what really sets them apart. We look forward to working closely together and welcoming them to the BP Ventures family.”In 2016, Grid Edge was spun out of Aston University’s Energy Research Institute.BP Ventures joined by Goldacre in Grid Edge’s funding round BP Ventures is joined by family office investment house in the funding round of Grid Edge.The funding is expected to allow Grid Edge to expand in the UK market and explore further opportunities in Europe.
Load remaining images The 3-night run continued last night at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, with a final show at Boulder Theater on Saturday night. SCI bandmate Michael Kang, TAB’s Jennifer Hartswick, The Motet horns, and more will join the group tonight, with some other special guests expected. For more information, check out Kyle’s tour dates here.Check out the photo gallery from Conrad Meyer Photography. Coming on the heels of his most recent solo release, fittingly titled 50, The String Cheese Incident keyboard wizard and brewmeister Kyle Hollingsworth brought his band up to Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre to begin a three-night celebration for his 50th birthday this past Thursday night.Hot Buttered Rum joined the party with a solid support set, which included a sit-in from the birthday boy on “Cherry Lake”, from the San Francisco-based bluegrass’s 2016 album The Kite & The Key, Pt. 3 – which Hollingsworth also produced. The quartet also performed a cover of The Beatles‘ 1965 track “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” which was well-received by the Aggie faithful, and got them plenty warmed up for the main event.Hot Buttered Rum “Cherry Lake” w/ Kyle Hollingsworth:Kyle never lets his fans down. He has a knack for writing well-crafted songs that delve into both the funk and singer-songwriter realms, all while taking the listener on a joy ride. His latest effort, 50, is a fine example of that. With a backing band consisting of long-time KHB member Dan Schwindt on guitar, and bringing along sensational vocalist Paige Sandusky, the band delivers a multi-headed beast of a performance. “Finding Our Way” from the new album tells a story about a young boy from Baltimore that heads out to the Rocky Mountains, meets up with some other traveling souls and forms a band….have we heard this one before? The harmonies between Hollingsworth and Sandusky throughout the evening were on point, especially on this tune.Kyle Hollingsworth Band – “Finding Our Way”The second set was a display of funk, disco, and straight grooves, but not before the band and crowd sang the SCI quinquagenarian a proper “Happy Birthday” as the clock struck midnight. The laid-back number “The Way It Goes” from the keyboardist’s 2009 album, Then There’s Now, brought out plenty of smiles in the Aggie. But when the band burst into a cover of Chaka Khan‘s “Ain’t Nobody”, with Sandusky taking the lead on vocals, things ramped up a few notches. There wasn’t a body in attendance that wasn’t getting down and singing along to the Queen of Funk’s classic 1984 cut. The rest of the evening was a straight dance party befitting of the birthday celebration.
View Comments The Way We Get By follows Beth and Doug, two people who wake up together following a drunken wedding reception they both attended. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the two face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing. In addition to BBC America’s Orphan Black, Maslany has appeared on screen in Eastern Promises, The Vow, Picture Day and the upcoming Woman in Gold. She makes her New York stage debut with The Way We Get By. Sadoski was nominated for a Tony for his performance in Reasons to Be Pretty; he has also appeared on Broadway in Reckless, The House of Blue Leaves and Other Desert Cities. His upcoming screen credits include Wild, Take Care, I Smile Back and the NBC miniseries The Slap. The play will feature set design by Neil Patel, lighting design by Matthew Frey and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Orphan Black headliner Tatiana Maslany and Tony-nominated The Newsroom star Thomas Sadoski will take the stage for the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By. The Second Stage production will begin on May 12, 2015 at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre and run through June 28. Leigh Silverman will direct.
Stevie Nicks and the cast of ‘School of Rock'(Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for ‘School of Rock – The Musical’) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Shows View Comments School of Rock – The Musical One of rock n’ roll’s most legendary headmasters recently paid a visit to the School of Rock! Grammy-winning Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks hit the stage at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 26 when she surprised the audience with a performance of “Rhiannon.” The wildly talented kids of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s exuberant tuner rocked out with Nicks, who applauded their superb musical skill. “To be in the presence of these kids that are so amazing that honestly sometimes I close my eyes and I’m not sure that it’s not Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks told the cheering audience. “It’s very trippy. They are so good!” Enjoy the full performance below!
Isaac Levinson might be having the year of his life. The 22-year-old Atlanta-based kayaker is on the U.S. National Slalom team, competing in World Cup events in the two-person canoe category with an eye on the Olympics in 2012. Last year, he finished second in the two biggest Southeastern creek races, the Lord of the Fork and the Green River Narrows Race. He’s been training nonstop for his shot at the Olympics and is in the best shape of his life. This could be his year to take the coveted Green title. BRO talked with Levinson about his chances at the Green this year and what it’s like to be part of a dynamic canoe duo.You’re on the US National slalom team, but you also compete in creek races. Do you identify with any one form of boating over the other?No. I’m just trying to do everything at the best level I can. But I will say if I had to pick a favorite race, it would be the Green. I love the atmosphere, the other boaters, and the river itself. I put a lot into that race every year.Is it tough to switch gears from kayaking solo to paddling a C-2 with a partner?It’s interesting to take such an individual sport and turn it into a team effort. It’s fun to balance everything that’s involved with paddling with someone else. Somehow, it makes it more exciting. We’re not communiciating as much as you’d think. We’re not talking about every individual stroke. We’re just trying to keep a good feeling inside the boat. It’s a lot more physical than kayaking solo. If one person’s steering, then the other person has to pull harder with his strokes to carry the extra 130 pounds.Your C-2 partner is from Atlanta and there are quite a few Atlanta boaters on the U.S. team. That’s surprising.Atlanta has a solid slalom scene. The Chattahoochee is actually good slalom training. It’s just class III, but it’s consistent and convenient. Everyone thinks if you’re a good boater, you’re from North Carolina, but Atlanta has good boaters too.How does the U.S. stack up against the rest of the world in slalom right now?This is my first year on the national team, so it’s been interesting to see things play out on the World Cup. The competition level at slalom is so high. It’s the best of the best. We typically have someone finishing in the top 10, but we haven’t had any medals yet. It could happen though. 1 2
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man previously accused of raping three sex workers at knifepoint has been indicted on new charges of trying to rape a fourth woman who got away last year.Ramone Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree rape, attempted sexual abuse, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny.Prosecutors said the 23-year-old man tried to rape a 22-year-old New Hampshire woman at the Red Roof Inn in Westbury after he had answered the woman’s Internet ad on July 18, 2013. He also allegedly stole her lingerie before she fled.“These women were victimized twice—by both the commercial sex trade and the brutal violence of their attacker,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said, adding that he “inflicted even more pain and degradation on women who were already in need of help and protection.”Smith previously pleaded not guilty to predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act, sexual abuse, first-degree rape, criminal possession of a weapon and coercion for three other alleged sex attacks on women in June 2013 and August 2013.Like the latest case, the other three victims advertised in the “adult entertainment services” section on Backpage.com. Smith lured each of them to the roof his apartment building on Washington Street in Hempstead, where the attacks occurred, prosecutors said.Nassau County police Narcotics/Vice Squad and Special Victims Squad detectives arrested Smith on Sept. 3 and rearrested him on Nov. 15.Judge Angelo Delligatti ordered Smith continue to be held without bail. Smith faces up to 50-years-to-life in prison, if convicted of the top charges. He is due back in court June 27.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ideal Credit Union created its Wellbeing Champions Committee in part to encourage employees to participate in the 10th annual MN Brain Tumor 5K. continue reading » Ideal Credit Union’s new Wellbeing Champions Committee launched a five-week step challenge to highlight the importance of daily exercise and encourage participants to walk with a greater purpose at the 10th annual MN Brain Tumor 5K.Each week the committee shared helpful tips, recipes, motivational messages, and more to inspire and encourage employees to work toward a healthier lifestyle.The Woodbury, Minn.-based credit union provided employees with a tracking device to measure their daily activity. Participants submitted their average weekly steps for a chance to win prizes and received encouragement to build upon the previous week’s results.Seventy-eight Ideal employees participated, and 49 completed the five-week step challenge.