Rafet Al-Rifa’i and Moussa Al-Khatib arrested

first_img Organisation News Rafet Al-Rifa’i and Moussa Al-Khatib, two journalists who work for the Shou Al-Akhbar website, were arrested in Aleppo. Khatib was released on 20 May. Rifa’i was released on 2 June. May 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rafet Al-Rifa’i and Moussa Al-Khatib arrested center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img

6 Of The Best Things We Saw At Jam Cruise 16: Day 2

first_imgOn Wednesday, January 17th, Jam Cruise 16 set sail from Miami, beginning a five-day musical excursion that will detour through Central America and the Carribean before returning to port on January 22nd. Yesterday, as the cruise headed for its first destination—Roatan, Honduras—the musical madness kicked into high gear, with a jam-packed “Day At Sea” schedule  featuring the likes of Voodoo Dead, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, Electron, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood, Turkuaz, Steel Pulse, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jeff Chimenti and Steve Kimock, Tom Hamilton, and more.With three or four sets of music running simultaneously throughout the “Space Is The Place” theme night and into the early morning, it was impossible to catch everything. However, here’s a list of six of our favorite moments from Thursday, day 2, of Jam Cruise 2018. Enjoy, and stay tuned for more coverage from the Norwegian Jade.1. Voodoo Dead Invites Roosevelt Collier, Jen Hartswick, Tom Hamilton, and Kat WrightOne of the most highly anticipated sets of the evening, Voodoo Dead featuring George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, and John Kimock offered up feel-good takes on Grateful Dead tunes with an upbeat, New Orleans flare. While Anders Osborne was originally billed to be part of the lineup, weather delays made him miss the boat and artist-at-large Dan Lebowitz stepped up to fill in. After a touching introduction by Director of Artist Programming Annabel Lukins about how the Grateful Dead paved the way for Jam Cruise to be possible, Voodoo Dead invited out Tom Hamilton and Kat Wright for a rollicking rendition of “Promised Land” to start their set.Jerry Garcia’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” came next, keeping up the start of the set’s jubilance and high energy. One of the many highlights of the set was the third song, “Hey Pocky Way”, which saw Jennifer Hartswick emerge to play trumpet and sing. However, George Porter Jr. stole the spotlight, taking on the vocal leads and offering up an energized, percussive bass solo at the song’s climax. The absolute standout of Voodoo Dead’s headlining set at the Pool Deck on Thursday, however, was the group’s ripping cover of “After Midnight”, which segued flawlessly through The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” before landing back in the JJ Cale classic. The set closed with a rendition of “Bertha”, which gave Lebowitz,  Hamilton, Chimenti, and Kimock each a chance to step forward and solo in between verses sung by Lebowitz and Porter Jr. 5. Tom Hamilton Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner And Raina Mullen For Acoustic Atrium SetWhile the performances at the larger stages around the boat tend to draw larger crowds, so far the performances at The Atrium have stood out as some of the finest —if not only for the refreshing contrast of stripped-down compositions based around the grand piano. For Tom Hamilton’s solo set yesterday, he invited The Disco Biscuits keyboardist and his Electron bandmate Aron Magner to join him in addition to Raina Mullen, guitarist and vocalist for Hamilton’s recently announced project Ghost Light. The trio’s takes on the Grateful Dead’s “Loser” as well as the first song Hamilton ever wrote, were vibrant, rich, and deeply moving, making it a favorite set of the day. [Cover photo: Joshua Timmermans/Jam Cruise Facebook] 6. Steel Pulse Rings In The Evening Yesterday, reggae group Steel Pulse locked down the Pool Deck for a perfectly placed feel-good afternoon set. Sadly, the group got word that the band’s original drummer and founding member Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett had passed away unexpectedly earlier in the day, so their performance took on a particularly special meaning. While still mourning the loss of a former bandmate, Steel Pulse showed that music truly can offer a form of healing, with their positive and feel-good set bringing smiles to the faces of all in attendance. The group’s take on the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” toward the end of their set stood out, as their dubbed-out rendition and sincere vocals took the classic tune and made it their own.As a bonus, you can also check out clips from Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and Turkuaz’s Thursday sets aboard Jam Cruise 16 below: 2. Electron Shreds Into The A.M.Originally, Gramatik was scheduled to play Jam Cruise 16. However, after health issues arose following his New Year’s Eve run, the Slovenian DJ and producer was forced to bow out last minute. With Tom Hamilton and Mike Greenfield already on the boat, assembling the beloved supergroup side project Electron was an easy solution to the scheduling gap with the addition of the Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, and the group certainly rose to the occasion despite the last-minute scheduling.The group tore up the Stardust Theater late night for their first appearance. With a time slot from 2:30 am to 4 a.m., the group kept the party going with takes on “Confrontation”, “Rock Candy”, and other choice numbers. Despite only assembling occasionally each year, the quartet was fully dialed in and offered up an energetic set chock full of tight grooves and shred-heavy climaxes.3. Aqueous Lays Out A Jam-Heavy Four-Song SetHelping to kick the event into the late night, Aqueous’ performance at the Spinnaker Lounge offered up a master class in the art of the jam, filling the improv quota in a daily schedule leaning heavily into funk offerings. The group made the most of their hour-and-a-half long set, playing through four songs and using each as a launching pad for exploratory and expansive rock-rooted improvisations. From the set opener, “Don’t Do It”, through “Underlyer” and classic number “Warren In The Window”, the band showcased their immense potential and willingness to take risks. However, in keeping with the night’s theme of “Space Is The Place,” it was the group’s set-closing take on The Police’s “Walking On The Moon” featuring tastes of Radiohead’s “National Anthem” that took their performance to the next level.4. Jennifer Hartswick Takes Over The Jam RoomAs the night unfolded into the early hours of the morning, many folks trickled in and out of Jennifer Hartswick’s Jam Room set in the Spinnaker Lounge. Familiar faces like Natalie Cressman, Simon Allen of The New Mastersounds, and Holly Bowling all made appearances when we stopped through. With her immense vocal and trumpet-playing talents on display, Hartwick offered up a choice cover after choice cover including stand-out renditions of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”.last_img read more

The Municipality of Motovun passed a Decision on the payment of the entrance to the Motovun walls

first_imgAt the last session of the Municipal Council, the Municipality of Motovun made a decision to charge the entrance fee for a tour of the Motovun walls.As pointed out by the Municipality of Motovun, recognizing that Motovun is the leading tourist destination in central Istria of international recognition and quality visited by several hundred thousand one-day visitors each year, the Municipality of Motovun decided to take activities to facilitate the organization of tourist destination and construction and improvement of existing infrastructure in Motovun through the Motovun Experience project! / Motovun Impressions.”As is common in Motovun-level destinations across Europe and the world, realizing that there is a clear awareness of visitors that ticket participation participates in sustainable management, we analyzed that tickets in towns of similar size, order and recognizability average 5 euros, so we predicted several levels of ticket prices per group of visitors“They point out from the Municipality of MotovunThus, individual guests will pay a ticket price of HRK 25,00, and organized groups at a price of HRK 20,00. The ticket price to be paid by the visitor will include the possibility of visiting additional facilities within the Motovun citadel, such as art gallery, art exhibition in the garden within the walls, the possibility of using binoculars on the walls, photo point and other facilities to be prepared in the coming months.Ticket collection is scheduled for the period from March 1 to November 15, from 9:00 to 21:00. Organized groups are groups that have at least 10 people and that announce their arrival at least one day before arrival. The family package includes two adults, with whom, for statistical reasons, one kuna ticket is charged for each child under the age of 15. Children over the age of 14 do not enter the family package.Photo: Martin MočibobMotovun is visited annually by about 400.000 one-day visitors, and in overnight stays Motovun already in September exceeded last year’s figure of 40.000 overnight stays. This year, there were 12 percent more arrivals and over 47.000 overnight stays in Motovun, and by the end of the year, the “magic” limit of 50.000 overnight stays is expected to be reached.As part of the project, we are already providing visitors with a tour of the Motovun walls – the best-preserved fortification system in Istria, with two binoculars and a photo point, the church of Sv. Stjepan Jeleć Prodan, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Motovun, points out Stjepan, the city lodge, the gallery “Pet kula” and the tower “Nova vrata”It is our obligation to actively work on additional content, which will help the Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! join the ethnographic museum, an open-air sculptural workshop, a sacral museum, a tour of all five Motovun churches, the arrangement of public faucets and many other facilities. Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! At its peak, it will complete everything that Motovun has to offer, an integrated offer that will guide our visitor from the very foot to the highest point of the Motovun view.. “Points out Jeletić Prodan and adds that all the funds that will go to the Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! to collect, will invest in the maintenance of Motovun’s heritage and its enrichment with new contents so that each new arrival of our visitors becomes a new, different, even better experience of Motovun.It is a bit inconvenient and awkward that the decision to charge for the entrance to the Motovun walls is made at the end of December, when tourist tours have long been agreed and defined, which has put various agencies and organizers in an awkward position. Now everyone who has already defined the prices and conditions, must contact their customers and ask them to change the price, which is certainly not professional or good. I hope that the Municipality of Motovun is aware of this, and that they will find a solution, as we may say that this Decision does not apply to already agreed tours, which all organizers can prove.This is the least that the Municipality of Motovun can do, of course if they care about quality relationships with partners and tourism development. It’s up to the people.last_img read more

NBA Draft promises new home for Carter-Williams, end of complicated journey

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 27, 2013 at 9:59 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse While Michael Carter-Williams makes the biggest transition of his life, so does his family.When Carter-Williams was in San Jose, Calif., leading Syracuse past California and into the Sweet 16 their Hamilton, Mass., house was in flames.He had scored 12 points with his mother, Mandy Zegarowski in the crowd. But afterward, they were left without a home.Now, Carter-Williams’ ascension to an NBA prospect is about more than just basketball.“I think it has pushed him to work harder,” Zegarowski said. “The fire has brought our family closer together. With Michael in such a big transition in his life, it has been hectic with the rest of us also in transition as far as our living situation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At the same time, he gives us all something positive to focus on.”Still, Carter-Williams hears criticism from all corners of the basketball world. His 6-foot-6 frame is big for a point guard, and excites but many think he doesn’t have the necessary skill to excel at the pro level. Leaning on his family’s strength and support, he’ll soon learn if his rare attributes are worthy of a lottery pick Thursday.Carter-Williams said that he wants to buy his mother the home she wants, Zegarowksi said. While nothing could repair the personal damages the family suffered in March, getting drafted will help him do that. It is nearly certain that he’ll be selected, but where he will go is still very much up in the air.Jonathan Givony of Draftexpress.com sees many limitations in Carter-Williams’ game. Givony doesn’t see him as a proven defender or effective scorer, and thinks his lack of strength hinders his supposed size advantage.“At Syracuse he played in the 2-3 zone so we haven’t even seen him play man-to-man defense which he will have to at the pro level,” Givony said. “And offensively, any team that needs a guard to score can’t take him, and that’s most teams.”But Carter-Williams’ length and athleticism draw a range of professional comparisons, and opportunities.Mike Hart, his high school coach at St. Andrew’s in Barrington, R.I., said he immediately reminded him of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Shaun Livingston. Hart coached Livingston at Adidas’ BABC camp and, to this day, thinks the two are a lot alike.“It’s what I thought of him the second he walked into the gym as a sophomore,” Hart said.Aran Smith of NBADraft.net sees something different. Smith thinks his offensive game is far from complete, but his athleticism is reminiscent of former Memphis star guard-forward Chris Douglas-Roberts.“He’s pretty unique with his strengths being passing and great athleticism,” Smith said.Livingston hasn’t lived up to his potential as the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft; his career has been hampered by recurring knee injuries. Douglas-Roberts averaged just 2.8 points in 10.5 minutes per game this year before being waived by the Mavericks on Jan. 6.Carter-Williams would do well to exceed his comparisons.“Moving forward, Michael will have to keep getting stronger and work on his jump shot,” Hart said.Carter-Williams was invited to the green room Thursday night, a place usually reserved for a lottery pick. Additionally, each scout has told him that he will be selected in the top 14, Zegarowksi said.Smith said he could see Detroit selecting Carter-Williams with the eighth overall pick. If that doesn’t happen, he thinks there won’t be a team in need of a point guard until the back end of the lottery, or right outside of it.“I know there are a lot of scouts that really like him for his athleticism and his ability to pass inside and everything,” Smith said. “But in the NBA, if you can’t hit a mid-range shot, people can back off of you.“He really needs to put a lot of work in to keep defenders honest and make them pay when they sag off him.”Carter-Williams has been away from home for the last three weeks showcasing his talents for scouts, coaches, and general managers. In that time he has worked out for the Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Pistons, and Mavericks.Once drafted, the criticism will subside and Carter-Williams will return home — to a new home, for his mother.“Michael understands that criticism and speculation comes with the job. It has always motivated him to work hard,” Zegarowksi said. “He has grown up fast with everything going on.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Southerland’s draft stock benefits from modern NBA’s need for floor spacersTriche’s future remains uncertain with Draft nearinglast_img read more

French boost for SA development

first_img5 April 2006The French government is to spend €400-million (about R3-billion) over four years on infrastructure and environment development projects in South Africa, visiting French Minister for Cooperation and Development Bridgette Girardin said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.The funds, to be rolled out over the next four years, will be channelled through the French Development Agency (AFD). Girardin handed a draft document containing the financial pledge to Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi on Tuesday.“France, in accordance with the needs of South Africans, will concentrate her support over the next four years to development projects in three fields: basic infrastructure and services, employment, the environment and the fight against climate change,” Girardin said.She also indicated that, while 80% of France’s support would go to these three fields, her government was also prepared to commit funds in other areas such as health and cultural activities.“President [Jacques] Chirac wants to pose a levy on flight tickets to help in the facilitation of cheap drugs to this country . more than 6 million people need drugs and only half have access to them,” Girardin added.The French government’s development relations with South Africa date back to 1994.Through the AFD, the French government, in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), has over the past five years supported projects worth more than R3.2-billion.“AFD operations over the past 10 years have allowed for the financing of municipal infrastructure which has improved access to basic services,” Girardin said.These have included municipal infrastructure projects such as housing and basic utilities; support for the productive sector; financing for small and micro enterprises; and skills and capacity building.The AFD and the DBSA are currently setting up a joint project to facilitate R25-million in support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The French minister confirmed that funds were available for “12 different infrastructure projects in the fields of information technology” through the partnership between the two developmental financial agencies.“It seems clear that the partnership between France and South Africa spans across the entire African continent,” Girardin said, complimenting the DBSA, AFD and the African Development Bank for the efforts they were putting into development projects on the continent.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

One Young World Counsellors

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, pictured here with the One Young World counsellors at the organisation’s Pittsburgh conference. Johannesburg will be hosting the conference in 2013.last_img

Boosting binational tourism between San Diego and Mexico

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – San Diego and Southern California are global tourist destinations.  In the early part of each year, the San Diego Tourism Authority touts it’s upcoming world-wide advertising campaign. But the people who gathered at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center in National City, elected and appointed officials and tourism experts representing both sides of the border, say more emphasis on “bi-national tourism” would benefit the region as well.Wednesday morning, the State Senate’s Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation was in the South Bay: What’s the current state of things?  That includes educational exchange programs and medical tourism and more importantly, “growing” the region’s tourism industry.Kerri Kapich is the Chief Operating Officer for the Tourism Authority. “There’s two components of what we do together,” she told me.  “Promoting locally tourism involving residents of Baja coming here and residents of San Diego going to Baja.  We have agreements supporting each other in those ways.”It’s the second component that needs more emphasis, says Kapich.   “Where we promote a two-nation vacation. You fly into San Diego and then cross the border to visit Tijuana or the Guadalupe Valley for a wine tasting, then over to Ensenada and do the resort experience down there.”Local State Senator Ben Hueso chairs the committee:  Hueso said, “We both have wonderful things to visit, but we’re not promoted together. We could benefit by promoting our region.  And it’s a two-for-one, you get to visit two amazing countries, two amazing cities, and have an amazing time.” Ed Lenderman, August 8, 2019 Posted: August 8, 2019 Boosting bi-national tourism between San Diego and Mexico Ed Lenderman Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Ben Hueso FacebookTwitter State Senate Select Committee holding hearing on boosting bi-national tourism w Mexico pic.twitter.com/nn0Ig7pyQZ— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 7, 2019 Local State Senators holding a hearing in National City on boosting bi-national tourism, more in afternoon and evening KUSI news pic.twitter.com/ilGggoHkR4— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 7, 2019last_img read more