News Organisation News August 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of two journalists, investigation into conditions of detention Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation EthiopiaAfrica News RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out more Photo : Meles Zenawi (AFP) to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi calling for the release of two journalists who were arrested in June, Reyot Alemu and Wubeshet Taye, and for an investigation into the conditions in which they have been held. Reyot, a young woman columnist, is in very poor health, while Wubeshet, the deputy editor of a weekly, says he has been mistreated.“The situation of both of these journalists is alarming,” the letter to the prime minister says. “We were very disturbed to learn that their pre-trial detention was extended yet again and we call for their immediate release.“We also believe that Mr. Wubeshet’s claims should be taken seriously and we urge the Ethiopian authorities to carry out a thorough and independent investigation with the aim of establishing whether he has indeed been mistreated while in detention. If he has, those responsible should be brought to justice and reprimanded accordingly. We would like to remind you that you have a duty to ensure that detainees are treated humanely, have access to medical care and enjoy all the rights that the Ethiopian Constitution guarantees them.”When they were brought before a judge on 17 August, their pre-trial detention was extended for another 28 days. Accused of complicity with a political group that has been classified as a “terrorist” organization, they are due to appear in court again on 8 or 9 September.The deputy editor of the Awramba Times weekly, Wubeshet was arrested on 19 June. When he appeared before a federal court two months later, he said he was beaten during interrogation and was manhandled by prison officials. He was also forbidden to receive visits from his family and to organize his defence with his lawyer.Reyot, a columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih, was arrested on 21 June. The equipment and material that was seized at the time of her arrest was finally returned to her family a few days ago. The few visitors that have been allowed to see her are worried by the rapid deterioration in her health. After two months in detention, this young woman is showing signs of physical and psychological trauma. Although her family has been able to send her medicine, she is in urgent need of proper medical attention.More information Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home
The Elliott family leads the procession in the 2018 HERO Campaign Walk/Run on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign will host its ninth annual HERO Walk & 5K Run on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, located at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The competitive 5K Boardwalk Run begins at 9:30 a.m., with prizes for men and women in different age groups. The HERO Walk follows at 11 a.m.Proceeds from the event support the HERO Campaign and its mission to promote designated driving. Sponsors included AtlantiCare, Stockton University, OceanFirst Bank, Miss Night in Venice Pageant, Kramer Beverage, Foster-Karney Foundation, Viking Yachts, Clear Channel Outdoor, Iron Workers Local 399, Jane French, Dallas & Di Krapf, Team Matt Uhl and Tishman Construction-AECOM Technology. In addition to the walk and run, supporters take the HERO pledge to be and use designated drivers. The event will also include music, face painting and balloon sculptures for the kids. About the HERO Campaign:The HERO Campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John R. Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., who was killed in a July 2000 collision with a drunk driver two months after graduating from the U.S. States Naval Academy. The campaign is now saving lives in seven states in partnership with law enforcement, schools and colleges, federal and state highway safety organizations, the licensed beverage industry and professional sports teams. Since its inception in 2000, the HERO Campaign has grown into a major movement to prevent impaired driving that has received national recognition and awards. It has also helped to reduce alcohol-related fatalities and incidents, including a 35 percent reduction in DUI fatalities in New Jersey and other states over the past decade. For more information visit HEROcampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone happy with ‘passion’ beating Bayer Leverkusenby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was happy to scrape a 1-0 victory over Champions League opponents Bayer Leverkusen.Alvaro Morata proved the matchwinner on the day.”I feel good when I see passion and today the team had passion,” said Simeone.”We can play well or poorly, but there’s a path.”We’re close to doing things well.”Some of that passion boiled over into whistles from the fans in the stands, but the coach wasn’t too worried about that.”People are spontaneous,” he said.”We have to try to turn those whistles into applause.”He added: “Anxiety’s normal, the team grew in confidence. We saw some good things tonight although we have to improve when we are in or close to the opponents’ box. It’s not easy for any team because all of our rivals defend well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission announced today that it will be teaming up with Geoscience BC, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Calgary on a research project to install 30 new groundwater monitoring wells in the Peace Region.Starting this summer, a team led by UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative, with collaboration from the OGC and Geoscience BC, will drill a total of 30 wells as part of the groundwater monitoring network in the Peace Region. The first eight monitoring wells will be drilled this summer, with more wells to be drilled in the spring and fall of 2019 before the project concludes in 2020.Samples will be taken at regular intervals to see if methane is present in Northeast B.C. groundwater, and if so, how much, what its origins are, and its prevalence in areas near oil and gas development. “Potential impacts to groundwater from energy resource development are controversial and scientifically-based answers to many questions related to this are needed,” said the project’s principal investigator Dr. Aaron Cahill, who is also co-director of UBC’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative. “In particular, more information is needed on groundwater conditions in areas of resource development in B.C., including levels of methane and other hydrocarbons close to oil and gas wells. This new research project will generate high quality scientific data to address concerns related to resource development in the Peace Region.”Oil and Gas Commissioner Paul Jeakins added that the data gathered from the project will give the Commission more information, and therefore strengthen its oversight of the oil and gas industry.
Bernier said that one of his chief concerns is the potential ramifications for the natural gas extraction industry due to the upcoming final investment decision from LNG Canada, which is anticipated to occur before the end of the year.“The last thing we need is to be raising more red flags that could stand in the way of building TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline,” he added. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says he’s concerned about some of the recommendations that were made to Agriculture Minister Lana Popham in an interim report by an advisory committee looking into revitalizing the Agricultural Land Commission and Agricultural Land Reserve, saying that those recommendations could have a negative impact on the Peace Region’s oil and gas industry.The committee’s interim report, released last Wednesday, identified 13 recommendations for legislative and regulatory change, as well as four recommendations for action to protect the ALR.The committee also identified 14 key issues that are still under consideration for its final report. Among the recommendations for action to protect the ALR, the committee made two recommendations to mitigate the impacts of oil and gas activity on agricultural lands.The committee recommended that a Deputy Minister-level multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional task force to develop a strategy focused on how a balance can be achieved between agriculture and oil and gas extraction, as well as for the ALC to have an increased presence in Northern B.C.“The Committee has previously noted that it is imperative there be a government-wide policy shift in identifying agricultural land and industry as a resource equivalent to other resources, and oil and gas is no exception,” reads the report. “It is essential an ‘agriculture-first’ approach be applied to the ALR in the Northeast.”The report goes on to say that, “The development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland. The impacts of oil and gas extraction on agricultural land and farm businesses in Northeast B.C. have reached a breaking point. Cumulative impacts over the last decade from accelerating oil and gas development have rendered portions of agricultural lands unusable and others difficult to farm. With continued changes in extraction and processing methods along with the pace and scale of development, these activities that were once considered temporary are no longer. Instead they are permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities.”However, Bernier says that the committee’s report contains recommendations that would seek to undo changes that were made by the previous Liberal government in 2014 which he says gives farmers with ALR land more flexibility.“For over fifty years both industries have operated side by side in harmony and without major incident,” said Bernier. “Four years ago the previous government divided the ALR into two separate zones in order to recognize regional differences and give farmers more opportunities to make money on their land. The Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee for Revitalizing the ALR wants to change all that, and quite a bit more.”
Gurugram: Placed under the sensitive category along with Mahendargarh and Faridabad, Gurugram may get more security these elections. Based on the surveillance the Haryana government has placed the Lok Sabha constituencies under the normal, sensitive and super sensitive category.Kurukshetra, Bhiwani and Sonepat have been placed under the normal categories. On the other hand, Hissar, Sirsa and Rohtak have been placed under the super sensitive areas where more violence is expected during elections. It is important to note that on account of jat agitations and other forms of agitations that turned violent the Haryana public administration has been on constant vigil to restore law and order situation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the past Gurugram has been on the edge with various events like Ram Rahim arrest, jat agitation and Padmavat. While the district administration on various occasion was able to prevent any acts of violence during the release of Padmavat there was an act of violence that was reported from in and around the city. In the past elections district police not having adequate force, special commandos of Haryana police have also been deployed for the security of polling stations. The past trends have shown that there has not been violence that has been reported from the polling stations of Gururgam. In the last Lok Sabha polls, Gurugram recorded 70 per cent polling.
New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday questioned the Election Commission’s letting off of Yogi Adityanath with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark, saying that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister “insults” the Indian Army and the poll body writes a “love letter” to him. The opposition party also came down hard on the EC communication to NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar, saying he criticised the party’s proposed minimum income scheme NYAY and the poll body told him “don’t do it in future”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Has the MCC now become ‘Modi Code of Conduct’. Adityanath insults the Indian Army — EC writes a love letter to him,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. “NITI Aayog vice chairman criticises the NYAY scheme — EC says ‘don’t do it in future’,” he said. Why is the EC shying away from showing the mirror of truth to those in power, Surjewala asked. The EC was learnt to have let off Adityanath with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark, asking him to be more careful in the future. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Not satisfied with the remarks, the EC was learnt to have told him that be “more careful in his utterances in future”, sources had said. The EC Friday also expressed “displeasure” over the NITI Aayog vice chairman’s remarks against the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’ and said the comments violated the model code of conduct. In a communication sent to Kumar, the EC asked him to be cautious in future while making statements.
Kolkata: S K Sadangi, has taken over as chief vigilance officer of Coal India Limited. A 1988 batch Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer, Sadangi holds a BTech (Hons) Degree from IIT (Kharagpur) and has completed Master’s Degree in Public Policy from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, USA. Sadangi has vast experience in Governance, Vigilance & Anti-corruption in various Zones of Indian Railways, Ports of Kolkata, Haldia, Chennai, Paradip, Kamarajar Port Limited, Andaman Lakshadweep Harbour Works and Indian Maritime University. For his excellence in the field of investigation and systemic reform, Sadangi has been conferred with several prestigious awards by various organizations in the country.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of the first day of the World Immunisation Week on Wednesday, said that all the children in the state have been fully immunised.Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said: “#WorldImmunisationWeek begins today. I am very proud to share with you all that 100% children in #Bangla are fully immunised. My best wishes to all.” It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, has done a great deal of work in building better infrastructure so that mothers and children get the best quality treatment in state-run hospitals and health centres in the city as well as the districts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChildren in far-flung areas had often been suffering from malnutrition as there were no awareness programmes previously. Due to the relentless efforts initiated by the district administration, the people in the districts are now becoming aware about various factors. Awareness is being spread among conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers in the districts, particularly in the rural areas, thanks to the initiatives of the state government that appears determined to bring down Bengal’s rate of underweight children. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe district programme officers under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are providing supplementary nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and for their children up to six years. The nutritional support is being given in order to counter calorie and protein related malnourishment. The officials of the Health department in the districts are successfully making people understand the importance of breastfeeding newborns till they attain six months of age and the importance of the mother’s first milk. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government has reduced the infant mortality rate to 25 against 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate to 101 against 1,00,000 live births. In the remote areas, ‘delivery huts’ have been set up so that expectant mothers can be provided treatment, care and other facilities completely free of costs, before being delivered to a nearby hospital. Prodded by the Chief Minister, the state Health department has also set up mother child hubs at various state government hospitals in the state, which are dedicated for the treatment of mothers and their children.