Leaders at Arab League summit urged to issue call for BBC correspondent’s release

first_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further Follow the news on Palestine March 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leaders at Arab League summit urged to issue call for BBC correspondent’s release News As BBC correspondent Alan Johnston’s begins his third week in captivity in the Gaza Strip, Reporters Without Borders today urged leaders attending an Arab League summit on 28-29 March in Saudi Arabia to issue a joint appeal for his release.“An appeal issued in Riyadh by all the Arab heads of state could make a major contribution to the resolution of this hostage situation,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are getting more and more concerned about Johnston. There has been no news about him for two weeks. None of the journalists kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since 2005 has been held for such a long time.”Reporters Without Borders added: “If it is true that the Palestinian authorities know the identify of his kidnappers, as many local sources claim, we call on them to conduct negotiations as quickly as possible so that Johnston can be reunited with his family. His abductors have not made their demands public.”Palestinian journalists staged another demonstration yesterday at the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza City in protest against the British journalist’s abduction. A large photo of Johnston has been put on display in the city centre.A total of 14 foreign journalists have been kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since August 2005. Most of them were quickly released unhurt. In one case, two US journalists were held for 14 days. Their abduction was claimed by the hitherto unknown Holy Jihad Brigades, which for a while was demanding the release within 72 hours of all Muslims held by the United States.During a fact-finding visit in December, Reporters Without Borders was told by many observers that the two Americans were held longer than other hostages because of their nationality. Nonetheless, the kidnappers appear not to have been motivated by any political considerations in the other 12 cases. May 16, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News RSF_en PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders is very worried that BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped on 12 March in Gaza City, has still not been released. “An appeal issued in Riyadh by all the Arab heads of state could make a major contribution to the resolution of this hostage situation,” the organisation said. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Newslast_img read more

Bolt anchors Jamaica into finals

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Usain Bolt’s bid to bring the curtain down on his glittering career with a 15th world gold medal remained on track as Jamaica qualified for the final of the 4x100m relay.Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the squad.Tyquendo Tracey, Julian Forte and Michael Campbell safely negotiated the first three legs before Bolt steered his team home in a winning, season’s best of 37.95 seconds.“It’s been brilliant. The energy in the stadium is outstanding,” Bolt said, hailing the deafening support in the packed-out London Stadium “not just for me but the whole championships”.Bolt said his emotions were still in check at the thought of bowing out of track and field.“For me it’s hard to be sad because the energy I’m getting from the crowd is brilliant, I’m just happy.“There are no words to describe how I am feeling.”Bolt acknowledged that Yohan Blake would likely come in for the final, all the while praising his less experienced relay teammates.“The young runners in our team — it is just about executing and coming through the race for them,” he said.“We have been training that relay, there were some camps. Still there were some mistakes. Yohan Blake coming in for the final is definitely good.” Bolt’s bid to retain his 100m title went up in smoke as American Justin Gatlin won gold, with Christian Coleman taking silver.It was the first time Bolt had been beaten at a major championships since the 4x100m relay at the 2007 worlds in Osaka.The 100 and 200m world record holder, who also anchored the Jamaican squad to a world record in the relay of 36.84sec at the 2012 London Olympics, will be back at the track for the final at 2050 GMT.Bolt has amassed eight Olympic golds and 14 world medals, 11 of which are gold, the Jamaican having won two silvers in 2007 before his 100m bronze in London.No matter the result of the relay, organisers said Bolt will be afforded a dedicated lap of honour on Sunday in tribute to his amazing track career.Gatlin ran the second leg for the US team, led off by Mike Rodgers, another dope cheat, BeeJay Lee and Coleman on anchor.They clocked 37.70 seconds to finish 0.06sec ahead of Britain.“It felt good,” said Rodgers. “It feels like second nature because we work well together.“We are confident we can win. We will go and prepare well for tonight.”Also qualifying for the final were France, China, Japan, Turkey and Canada.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Restaurant Owner Concerned About Noise Nuisance Ordinance

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Under a noise nuisance ordinance approved by the Borough Council at its Tuesday meeting, Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of Tommy’s Tavern & Tap said he could wind up in prison.“Four tickets and Tommy is going to go to jail,” Bonfiglio said, referring to the portion of the revised code that states the fourth noise offense could result in imprisonment for as many as 90 days.The first three offenses would result in monetary fines.“I am an asset to the town,” said Bonfiglio, referring to the popularity of his restaurant. “They are a residential community in a business district,” he said, referring to the Nautilus a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s, whose residents have complained about the noise from his restaurant.The town’s Master Plan encouraged the establishment of a vibrant business district in the borough, and Bonfiglio invested $5 million in the restaurant, he said.“The issue is everything that happens after 10 p.m.,” Mayor Dina Long said.Bonfiglio questioned the 10 p.m. time after which noises were regulated. “Who goes to bed at 10 p.m.?” he asked.He said, “I’m getting tickets day and night,” referring to his fear that there will be many complaints about noise from his restaurant.He suggested the Nautilus residents could place fans or air conditioners in their windows and lessen the noise at night, but they told him they wanted to sleep with their windows open. It will now be up to the police to determine what constitutes a noise violation in some cases. Under the revision of the town’s noise nuisance code, if the noise cannot be measured by a decibel meter, the police will make the decision if it’s a violation.But residents can still make a civil complaint and bring the matter to court even if the police do not consider the noise a violation. The new code establishes the permissible decibel levels for different noises in the borough, but said proof of a violation in some instances will be determined by “plainly audible means.” That determination would be made 50 feet from the property line of the noise source or within the property if the complainant and noise nuisance share common property.Although many of the noises designated by the code can be measured on a meter, human voices cannot, according to the borough police, Councilman Marc Leckstein said at the meeting.After questions from some attending the meeting asking if the borough could use different decibel meters that could register human voices, Police Chief John Sorrentino said the police department used the meter required by the state, which they are trained to use and which are calibrated yearly.Janice Pattison is a resident of the Nautilus condominiums, adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap. The condominiums occupants have frequently complained about noise from the restaurant’s outdoor area, which is on the other side of the fence separating the two properties. Pattison said Tommy’s property line is 16 feet away from her residence. She questioned how that would be handled under the ordinance’s 50-feet minimum. Pattison said if the police officer went in the back of her building to determine the noise level, the building would block the noise.“The officer is not going to put a building between him and the sound source,” Councilman Kevin Birdsall said, but would be able to use other places 50 feet from Tommy’s property lines to assess the noise.Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin said the revision of the code was “a borough-wide ordinance,” and not designed for a specific location.Birdsall said he wanted to maintain the town’s atmosphere as a lively summer place to come to, but not on the level of Belmar. He said the ordinance gave the residents the chance to complain and also gave the owners of establishments the ability to “self-police” the noise. He conceded the fines were not going to stop noise problems, but possible jail time could.Council members Leckstein, Birdsall, and Jack Keeler voted for the ordinance, but Charlie Rooney voted “no.”“I think it will be very difficult for our police department to make the decisions on their own,” he said, referring to not being able to use decibel meters to measure voice complaints. Leckstein said Wednesday if the police declined to file a complaint about a noise if called to the scene by a resident, the resident could file a civil complaint and use any methods to prove to a judge that a violation had occurred, including but not limited to a cellphone, tape recorder, or witnesses.After the meeting, Thomas Pattison, Jennifer’s husband, said about the new ordinance “I hope it works out. The proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more

ADLINK partners with FFG for 5G- and ROS2-based factories of the future

first_imgADLINK Technology has joined forces with Fair Friend Group (FFG) to develop the new ROS2 toward Converged 5G for Factories of the Future project. The collaboration integrates wireless 5G network technologies with ROS2 (Robot Operating System 2) platforms to provide system architecture enabling real-time control and reliable communication. Igniting the next wave of growth for the network communication sector, the project can drive Industry 4.0 ecosystem development to bring on a productivity revolution for Factories of the Future.With Industry 4.0 implementation growing, smart manufacturing has advanced to a high level of automation. Manufacturing using AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robots) and COBOT (Collaborative Robots) is quickly becoming standard, with the result of increased demands on network systems and interface standards for communication between machines.5G-enabled industrial wireless communication is capable of support for wide-ranging needs arising from communication between humans, machines, and sensors, with high reliability, low latency, long transmission distance, multiple application scenarios, and optimal portability for mobile equipment. ROS2 provides high-efficiency middleware for data exchange and is quickly becoming the API standard for smart robotics development. ADLINK has further developed a uniform data exchange environment for factories using DDS (Data Distribution Service) as a backbone.ADLINK and FFG previously participated in an EU research project with common goals, setting them up for multinational collaboration on various forward-looking industrial technology developments, with combined further cross-sector achievements generating ICT (information and communications technology) vertical application products for Factories of the Future. ADLINK will incorporate AI technologies to develop robot controllers with vision, detection, precision control and real-time communication capabilities as open source tools, thereby generating new smart manufacturing standardization of ROS2 as a common platform for mobile robots.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous RTI empowers distributed energy solutions of tomorrowNext Laird: thermoelectric modules series for high temperature environmentslast_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder keen to hear from Klopp after Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder keen to hear from Klopp after Liverpool clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the door will be open to Jurgen Klopp at the end of tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool.Wilder was named LMA Manager of the Year at the end of last season, while Klopp was nominated for the divisional award.”I’m looking forward to meeting Jurgen and his staff,” Wilder said.”Our door will always be open. I’m sure speaking to people, he’ll step in and have a chat. We’re here and deserve to be here. We’ll give it our best shot and leave everything out there on the pitch as we always have done.” last_img read more

Report: Fred Hoiberg “Couldn’t Fully Commit” To Iowa State Return During Recruitment Of 5-Star Cheick Diallo

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTube YouTubeYouTubeToday, the Chicago Bulls ended months of speculation with the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau. While a number of names have been connected to the opening, one of the most popular is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. Earlier this month, ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that Hoiberg has NBA aspirations, and reports emerged that the Bulls job is his “if he wants it.” According to the Ames Tribune, during his recruitment of five-star Kansas signee Chieck Diallo, the nation’s top power forward, Hoiberg could not commit to a return to the Cyclones for this upcoming season. In early April, Hoiberg let it be known to five-star recruit Cheick Diallo that his immediate future at ISU was not a certainty, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Ames Tribune.While Hoiberg did not definitively say he planned to move on to the NBA, sources said, he also communicated that he couldn’t fully commit he would be returning to ISU to coach Diallo and what figures to be a preseason top-10 Cyclones team in 2015-16.Losing Hoiberg would be a tough pill to swallow for Cyclone fans, but credit him for not lying to a recruit. There may not be that many coaches who would take that approach, with a top prospect on the line, and no guarantee that he has a new job lined up.[Ames Tribune]last_img read more

Florida Public Safety Trolls Florida State With Pokemon-Inspired Jameis Winston Crab Legs Joke

first_imgA closeup of Jameis winston calling an audible.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 06: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles calls an audible against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on December 6, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina. Florida State won 37-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)It has been over two years since former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was caught shoplifting crab legs at a Publix Deli in Florida, but the shelf life on the jokes stemming from that incident is still ongoing.The University of Florida’s official public safety account couldn’t resist a crab jab at its rival today when a Pokemon Go account tweeted a picture of the character Krabby sitting on a platter of crab legs. Can anyone confirm if this location is at #FSU football locker room? #PokemonGO #FSUfootballjokes #Publix https://t.co/IRtd0HkRTo— UF Public Safety (@UFPublicSafety) July 11, 2016Florida fans will probably never stop bringing this up, but Florida State fans will likely continue to point out that they’ve won five of the last six meetings between the two programs.last_img read more

Kristen Bell Donates Baby Items To New Mothers

first_imgKristen Bell has donated $91,500 worth of Bravado nursing bras and Medela breast pumps to mothers in need.The announcement was made during an event for Baby Buggy earlier this week.“I understand the importance of having the essential tools necessary to provide for a newborn,” said Bell, who was unable to attend the event due to her own pregnancy. “Greater still, I am aware of the immeasurable value of having support systems in place to ensure success on this journey of motherhood. Anything I can offer in support and care to new moms in need remains a huge priority to me.”Read more here.Source:ABCNews.comlast_img read more

Buyer beware Longterm care costs are surging

first_imgLong-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year.Growing labour expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care that includes adult day care and assisted living communities up an average of 4.5 per cent this year, according to a survey released Tuesday by Genworth Financial. That’s the second-highest increase since Genworth started its survey in 2004.The cost of home health aide services climbed the most, rising 6 per cent, to $21.50 an hour. Private nursing home care now costs more than $97,000 annually.Many Americans don’t plan for expenses like these or understand them until they face them, said Joe Caldwell of the National Council on Aging, which is not tied to Genworth’s study.“People don’t like to think about it and talk about it ahead of time, so they kind of put off planning and saving for it financially because they don’t think it’s going to happen to them,” he said.Long-term care costs can impose a crushing financial burden on individuals or families in part because private health insurance and Medicare, the federal program for people over age 65, offer only limited help. That can force people who don’t have private coverage to spend down their assets until they qualify for the government’s health insurance program for the poor, Medicaid.Genworth Financial Inc. sells long-term care coverage and didn’t address that cost in its national study, which was based on information from 15,000 long-term care providers.Coverage costs are rising as well, Caldwell said, noting that few employers offer help with that expense like they do with retirement planning or more common forms of coverage such as health insurance.Initial premiums for long-term care coverage can cost well over $2,000 annually, depending on the customer’s age, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, which researches health care issues.A third of Americans 40 and older have done no planning for their long-term care needs, according to a 2016 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.Caldwell said many people don’t realize the limits of Medicare coverage, and he expects the need for long-term care to soar.“There is this aging baby-boom population that’s going to be really hit hard in the coming decade,” he said. “We need to figure it out.”For 2017, long-term care prices climbed in part because the cost of labour rose, according to Genworth. Care providers had to raise pay to compete for workers in a tight job market or comply with state requirements for minimum wages. Many also have started providing health insurance to their workers to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The federal law requires all companies with 50 or more full-time employees to offer coverage.Genworth researchers say costs also are rising because care providers are working with patients that have more complex medical needs and live longer than they did a decade ago. Plus Medicaid offers reimbursement that can fall below the cost of care, which forces long-term care providers to make that up in their prices.Genworth sees no sign that long-term care expenses are starting to slow, said David O’Leary, CEO of the company’s U.S. life division.“We only see cost of care increasing,” he said.last_img read more

James hints BC speculation tax being redrawn for vacation homes implications

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister is dropping hints the blueprint for the province’s proposed speculation tax is being redrawn after a homeowner backlash.Carole James introduced the speculation tax in last month’s budget, but details were scarce other than saying it will come later this year and it targets foreign and domestic buyers who do not pay B.C. income tax.She said Wednesday concerns about unexpected tax increases from some B.C. property owners with two properties are being heard.The homeowners have been telling the government about fears their vacation homes will be hit with large tax bills despite promises of offsetting income tax credits.“Details to come, as I said then (on budget day),” said James. “We’re working on those details now, including all of the issues that people have been raising. They are on our table. They are part of our considerations.”The details in the budget pegged the proposed speculation tax at $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value this year and rising to $20 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.But the budget was not clear about British Columbia residents with vacation or second homes in the province.“The new annual property tax will target foreign and domestic home owners who do not pay income tax in B.C., including those who leave their homes vacant,” said the budget documents.James said the government is preparing the final details for the speculation tax, and vacation property owners from B.C. is one of the tax issues being reviewed.“We’re aiming to make sure that we get speculators out of the market,” she said. “We don’t want people treating our housing as a stock market.”James said earlier the tax measures in her budget are part of the government’s aim to improve housing affordability for thousands of people, including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who refuse jobs in B.C. because they can’t find a place to live.The proposed speculation tax will not apply to every region of the province, targeting Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria area, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the minority New Democrat government appears to be making up tax policy on the fly.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the tax would rise to $10 for every $1,000 of assessed value in 2019.last_img read more