Press freedom groups call for lifting of Al Wasat suspension, as newspaper’s ban continues to 4th day

first_img Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest June 8, 2017 Press freedom groups call for lifting of Al Wasat suspension, as newspaper’s ban continues to 4th day BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses October 14, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Top press freedom organisations and local Bahraini groups are among fifteen campaigners who today raised alarm over the suspension of Bahrain’s only independent newspaper, Al Wasat, which has been barred from publishing for four days now. The 15 rights groups which today wrote letters addressed to ten countries including the UK, state Bahrain is “effectively silencing the media in Bahrain and violating the right to freedom of expression.” to go further News Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts The letters, signed by Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, Article 19, Index on Censorship, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and ten others wrote to states urging them to “publicly call on the Government of Bahrain to allow Al Wasat to resume publication immediately.” The letter is addressed to the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy and France – who all have embassies in Bahrain – as well as Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the European Union. The Ministry of Information Affairs suspended Al Wasat, the only independent newspaper in Bahrain, on 4 June 2017, effectively silencing the media in Bahrain and violating the right to freedom of expression. Al Wasat’s suspension is the latest in a recent spate of reprisals against independent media and civil society actors, including journalists, writers, and human rights defenders. The state-run Bahrain News Agency claims that the paper is “spreading what would stir divisions within the community and undermine the Kingdom of Bahrain’s relations with other countries.” Al Wasat was suspended due to the publication of an opinion article regarding widespread protests in Morocco, a source in the newspaper told BIRD. Politics in the region has developed quickly since the suspension of the newspaper. On Monday, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates closed diplomatic relations with neighbour Qatar and barred all air, sea and land travel. Yesterday, two Bahrainis were sentenced to death, bring the total up to 15 on death row.“We are deeply worried about the situation of press freedom in Bahrain” said Alexandra El Khazen, head of the Middle East desk at Reporters without borders (RSF). “Al Wasat was targeted several times in the past by authorities, and most recently in January 2017, because of its independent reporting. Its suspension threatens the future of independent journalism in the country, knowing that Bahrain is tightening its grip on the press, particularly on the international media”. Prior to the suspension of Al Wasat, Bahrain was already counted among the 20 most restrictive countries for press globally, with Reporters Without Borders ranking Bahrain as 164 out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index. This is the latest in an escalated crackdown on independent civil society. On 23 May, Bahraini security forces raided the village of Duraz, killing five protesters and arrested 286. It is the deadliest incident since protests began in 2011. On 31 May, the last major opposition society, Wa’ad, was dissolved and their assets confiscated. Wa’ad is appealing the decision. The letter continues, “In this context, journalists in Bahrain have expressed to NGOs serious concerns that the newspaper will not be allowed to resume publication.” Al Wasat, established 2002, is the only independent newspaper in Bahrain. Its editor Mansoor Al-Jamri is winner of the CPJ International Press Freedom Award in 2011 and winner of the Peace Through Media Award 2012. It has been suspended in previous years, in April 2011 and August 2015. In January 2017, the newspaper’s website and social media were suspended for two days. it In 2011, Abdulkarim Al-Fakhrawi, one of the paper’s founders, was tortured to death in police custody. News News Follow the news on Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors June 15, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves liveslast_img read more

Press release: Appointments to the Board of the Environment Agency

first_img I am looking forward to working with John, Robert, Caroline and Judith on some of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. It was a highly competitive selection process and they will each bring a broad range of experience and expertise to the Environment Agency. I am delighted to welcome John, Robert, Caroline and Judith. They will bring a strong and broad mix of skills and experience to the Environment Agency. I am also thrilled that Gill and Lynne will be continuing to help us with meeting the challenges ahead. Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency said: All appointments to the Environment Agency Board are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The appointments comply with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments.Board members provide non-executive leadership challenge and support to the Environment Agency’s executive through regular Board meetings, committees and groups. They also undertake individual lead roles on relevant issues and with local operational teams.The Environment Agency is a Non-Departmental Public Body set up under the Environment Act 1995 to take an integrated approach to environmental protection and enhancement in England. It has major responsibilities in flood management, water resources and quality, climate change, land quality, chemicals, pollution prevention and control, waste, conservation and biodiversity, fisheries conservation, air quality and navigation.There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be declared. All the appointees have confirmed that they have not undertaken any significant political activity during the past 5 years apart from Robert Gould, who is a member of West Dorset District Council and a former leader of both Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council.Environment Agency Board members receive remuneration of £350 per day. Judith Batchelar, Robert Gould, John Lelliott and Caroline Mason will each receive £16,800 per year based on a time commitment of four days per month. Gill Weeks will receive £21,000 per year based on a time commitment of five days per month. Lynne Frostick will receive £25,200 per year based on a time commitment of six days per month.Biographical detailsJudith Batchelar OBEJudith Batchelar is Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs at J Sainsbury plc, where she has worked since 2004. She previously worked for Safeway, Marks and Spencer, Mars Confectionary and Bass plc. Judith is also a Co-Chair of the Agri-food Technology Leadership Council, an Industrial Governor of the British Nutrition Foundation and an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust. Judith was appointed OBE in 2015 for services to farming and the food industry.Lynne FrostickProfessor Lynne Frostick is both a chartered geologist and a geographer with an academic background in environmental science. She was Professor of Physical Geography at Hull University from 1996 to 2014 and is now Professor Emerita. She has published over 100 papers and books on environmental physics, modelling and hydraulic engineering. She was the first female Honorary Secretary (1988 – 1991) and second female President (2008-10) of the Geological Society of London. She was a member of the North East Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (1997 – 2006) and a leading member of the 2007 independent Hull Flood Review Group. In 2009, she was named both Yorkshire’s environmental champion and Woman of Outstanding Achievement for leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She chaired the Government’s Expert Group for Women in STEM for 8 years and sat on the Athena Swan committee based in the Royal Society. She has been awarded an honorary DSc by both Royal Holloway University, London and the University of Hull. Lynne joined the Board of the Environment Agency in 2015.Robert GouldRobert Gould was Leader of Dorset County Council from 2014 to 2017 and a member from 2009 to 2017. He has been a member of West Dorset District Council since 2004 and was Leader from 2004 to 2014. Robert was a member of the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board from 2015 to 2017. He previously managed the family farm after working in industry and property management.John Lelliott OBEJohn Lelliott retired as Chief Financial Officer of the Crown Estate in 2016. He is currently a Board Member of the Covent Garden Market Authority where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Chair of the Natural Capital Coalition and Non-Executive Director of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust where he chairs the finance committee and is a member of the audit committee. John was appointed OBE in 2017 for services to the Crown Estate and the voluntary sector.Caroline Mason CBECaroline Mason is Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations. She was previously Chief Operating Officer of Big Society Capital and Chief Operating Officer of Charity Bank. Before that she was co-founder and COO of Investing for Good, an enterprise offering social investment advice. Caroline is also a Board Member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association. Caroline was appointed CBE in 2013 for services to social investment.Gill Weeks OBEGill Weeks is an industry expert within the field of waste and resource management. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and a Chartered Environmentalist. Gill joined the Board of the Environment Agency in 2014. She currently chairs the Environment and Business Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Gill is also the Board lead on waste and industrial processes. From 2006 to 2013 Gill was Regulatory Affairs Director at Veolia Environmental Services and was acting Policy Director at Environmental Services Association 2010-11. Gill was appointed OBE in 2011 for services to the waste management sector. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, has appointed Judith Batchelar OBE, Robert Gould, John Lelliott OBE and Caroline Mason CBE for first terms to the Board of the Environment Agency. He has also reappointed Lynne Frostick and Gill Weeks OBE for second terms to the Board.Robert Gould’s and John Lelliott’s appointments will run from 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2021. Judith Batchelar and Caroline Mason’s appointments will run from 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2021. Gill Weeks and Lynne Frostick’s reappointments run from 8 September 2017 until 7 September 2020 and 6 March 2018 until 15 March 2021 respectively.Secretary of State Michael Gove said:last_img read more

43 lawmakers urge CFPB against overly burdensome prepaids rule

first_imgNoting concern with CFPB’s proposed rule for prepaid accounts, 43 lawmakers recently sent bureau Director Richard Cordray a letter outlining several recommendations that meet the “shared goal of empowering consumers with valuable financial tools while maintaining a vibrant prepaid marketplace.”The lawmakers, mostly Republican senators and congressmen, wrote that the bureau “should avoid imposing overly burdensome restrictions on providers that would prevent them from meeting the growing and diverse consumer demand for innovative prepaid product.”The letter, sent last month, listed several recommendations for the bureau to consider as it works on its rulemaking, which was released in proposed form last November:Consumer disclosures: The lawmakers urge Cordray to work to develop a “single, easy to understand pre-acquisition fee disclosure.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

State Police Captain and Bartholomew County resident promoted to Major

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Captain David P. Travis to the rank of Major.  Major Travis will serve as the Special Operations Commander and oversee the various components therein to include Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D.), Aviation, K-9 Teams, Motorcycle Units, and Special Event Planning.Travis, who is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a 1984 graduate of the former Elmhurst High School, and in 1988, he earned his Bachelor Degree in Aviation from Indiana State University.  On December 9, 1990, he graduated from the 48th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Seymour, where he served for 19 years.  During that time, Travis had attained the ranks of Corporal and then First Sergeant.In 2009, Travis transferred to the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg following the closing of the Seymour Post.  In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and he served as the Sellersburg District Commander until 2016, when he transferred into the Special Operations Planning Section.In 2017, Travis was promoted to the rank of Captain, and he served as the Assistant Commander of Special Operations until this recent promotion.  During his career, Travis has served the Indiana State Police in the following disciplines:  Field Training Officer, Tactical Intervention Platoon, S.W.A.T, Clandestine Laboratory Team, and Lead Firearms Instructor for the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.Travis and his wife have four grown children and are residents of Bartholomew County.last_img read more

No. 16 Syracuse drops 1st major test in homestand, 77-73, to NC State

first_imgOn Tuesday morning, Quentin Hillsman laid out the blueprint to beat North Carolina State. Behind him, his players practiced it. Shooters lofted 3-pointers on a side court after practice as Hillsman talked about the importance of a high-paced tempo. Minutes before he walked out of the tunnel for Wednesday night’s contest, Hillman repeated the same message. For two quarters, his team executed. And for two quarters, it faltered. The latter sinking No. 16 Syracuse (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) against No. 12 North Carolina State (22-2, 13-2), 77-73, in the Carrier Dome. SU pressed the entire game, shot 37.5 percent from 3 and scored nearly 20 more points than the best defense in the ACC allows per game (56.5). Yet, the pace slowed in the second half and the Wolfpack benefited. Syracuse has been inconsistent against ranked opponents, pairing terrific showings with abysmal shooting nights. Wednesday night was different. Days after its best offensive performance of the season (96 points) against Boston College, SU executed its deep ball offense but went 14-of-39 from inside the arc. Postgame, multiple players said SU let a ‘W’ slip away. Hillsman questioned his rotation. NC State, lacking one starter, established the balanced scoring SU has predicated the 2019 season on. “They kind of played the game at the pace they wanted to play,” Hillsman said. “…Early, I thought we did a solid job. … In the second half, we didn’t really make shots.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorMiranda Drummond kick-started the first with an uncontested 3. The Orange continuously fired from deep, attempting 10 3s in the frame. Syracuse played its style — shooting, running, pressing — and NC State initially obliged.NC State clanked its deep tries. Syracuse’s press forced tipped passes and turnovers. After one giveaway, Emily Engstler drove the lane, turned and dished it to Drummond for a 3. The visitors called a timeout, and Hillsman walked onto the court while shaking his fist.NC State’s offense continued to pass the ball in-and-out of the paint, taking contested 3s early in possessions when its bigs couldn’t get positioning. Eventually, the Wolfpack’s shots fell. In the second quarter, junior guard Aislinn Konig — who entered the game with a 40.0 shooting percentage from behind the arc — knocked down a step back over Gabrielle Cooper. A few possessions later, after four missed NC State 3s in-a-row, it pushed inside.On some possessions, Wolfpack guards held the ball on the wings and waited for the weak-side player to cut, creating multiple looks. Others, NC State beat SU up the floor in transition. Hillsman called out passing lanes and shouted at SU defenders, telling them to drop closer to the rim. Late in the half, the Orange defense fed off a Raven Fox field goal and drew two turnovers with their press. Tiana Mangakahia ended the half with a 3 off a high-screen and gave SU a 37-35 lead at the break.While the Carrier Dome crowd stood and clapped, waiting for SU to make its first bucket in the third, Kiara Leslie notched a three from each side of the court, flipping the score. The Orange answered with two 3s of their own. But despite SU’s efficient shooting, NC State’s sustained success inside proved the difference.NC State guards repeatedly lofted passes to forward Elissa Cunane. Hillsman said the Wolfpack used double-block action to create space in the second half, letting Cunane score 22 in her first start. Postgame, Hillsman said he could’ve played Engstler (11 minutes) or Marie-Paule Fopposssi more. “We gotta do a better job of trying to control the paint,” Hillsman said. “… They just kind of overpowered us.”The Wolfpack took advantage with timely 3s when Syracuse hedged the paint. As the margin widened, Hillsman told his team that NC State was winning with its game plan. He also told Mangakahia to take over. Mangakahia scored Syracuse’s first five points of the fourth quarter. She assigned herself with stopping Leslie, who finished with six 3s. SU pivoted away from the paint on offense, utilizing pick-and-rolls with its star guard.  With a half-court steal, hesitation shot and lay-in, Mangakahia cut the deficit to two. But after another steal and foul, she split the free throws. She shook her head after the first attempt careened off iron. Mangakahia finished with 25 points in 38 minutes, but couldn’t consistently beat the top scoring defense in the ACC. The Wolfpack inched away with from the line, tallying 17 makes to the Orange’s nine. Repeatedly, the SU’s fans and bench rose with extended arms, complaining about whistles. In half-court sets down the stretch, red jerseys drove past white and flicked assists to open forwards, who were then fouled. Two more eventual Leslie free throws iced it.Two weeks ago, Hillsman stated his team’s initial goal: Be a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament, and therefore, host a first-round matchup. When the NCAA released a rank of which teams currently held the top-16 slots on Monday, the Orange were left off the list.Wednesday night’s opportunity against preemptive two-seed North Carolina State opened a four-game home stretch that if SU swept, it would pave the road to a March contest in the Carrier Dome. After SU’s second loss in its last three home games, Hillsman still didn’t rule out hosting. But he acknowledged Syracuse harmed its chance. “This was a great opportunity to beat a ranked team on our home court,” Hillsman said. “… We just gotta win games. We understand what the urgency is.” Published on February 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more