Al-Jazeera’s Ramallah bureau allowed to reopen

first_imgPrime Minister Salam Fayyad’s government announced on 19 July that it was reversing its decision to close the Al-Jazeera bureau in the West Bank city of Ramallah but was not withdrawing a charge of disseminating false information.An Al-Jazeera journalist told Reporters Without Borders the bureau was as surprised by the decision to rescind the closure as it was by the original closure.“The Palestinian authorities do not seem to have been fully informed about this case or to have coordinated with each other,” the journalist said. “We do not understand the ins and outs either. But the authorities have not withdrawn the lawsuit so Al-Jazeera’s representatives will probably receive a court summons.” to go further Follow the news on Palestine News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s government announced on 19 July that it was reversing its decision to close the Al-Jazeera bureau in the West Bank city of Ramallah but was not withdrawing a charge of disseminating false information. May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img July 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera’s Ramallah bureau allowed to reopen News May 16, 2021 Find out more ———-15 July 2009 – Palestinian Authority closes Al-Jazeera offices in RamallahReporters Without Borders today condemned the closure by the Palestinian Authority of the offices of Al-Jazeera on the West Bank for “putting out false news” after a Palestinian politician went on a talk show yesterday and implicated President Mahmoud Abbas in the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.“This decision is a violation of the freedom to inform the public on the West Bank. It is vital that all points of view, even if they are shocking, should be freely expressed within Palestinian society”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“If the media which relay them are frightened of being seized, banned or closed, President Mahmoud Abbas will be responsible for this deterioration”, the organisation added. Secretary General of Fatah, Farouk Kaddoumi, referred in the programme to the responsibility of Abbas and Mohamed Dahlan, the leader of Fatah in Gaza, in the death of Yasser Arafat in November 2004.A journalist at the Qatar-based channel told Reporters Without Borders that three police officers had arrived at the station’s Ramallah offices at around 2pm today and ordered all staff to stop work. Bureau chief, Walid Al-Omari, had been informed by phone and email earlier in the morning of the Palestinian Authority’s decision. The station’s 35 staff on the West Bank have now been laid off until further notice and are unable to report the news. The Palestinian Authority said it would be taking the case before the courts. The channel’s management in Doha, Qatar, said in a statement that they were “astonished” by the Palestinian Authority’s decision to suspend its work in the West Bank and to open proceedings against the channel”. They pointed out that Al-Jazeera has always observed journalistic ethics and that “a decision of this type by the Palestinian Authority constitutes a violation of media freedom and a refusal to allow different views to be expressed”. The channel added that other media had put out the same report. Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News News June 3, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Bennett takes another podium finish in Australia

first_imgThe 145 kilometre stage in the Barossa Valley was cut by 26 kilometres as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius.Caleb Ewen of Orica Scott took the honours ahead of Team Sky’s Danny van Poppell with Bennett a very close 3rd saying afterwards that he started his sprint too late.The Bora Hansgrohe rider was 2nd in the Peoples Choice Classic on Sunday.last_img

US jobless claims hit 3.3 million, quadruple previous record

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.Layoffs are sure to accelerate as the U.S. economy sinks into a recession. Revenue has collapsed at restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, gyms, and airlines. Auto sales are plummeting, and car makers have close factories. Most such employers face loan payments and other fixed costs, so they’re cutting jobs to save money.As job losses mount, some economists say the nation’s unemployment rate could approach 13% by May. By comparison, the highest jobless rate during the Great Recession, which ended in 2009, was 10%.The economic deterioration has been swift. As recently as February, the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low of 3.5%. And the economy was growing steadily if modestly. Yet by the April-June quarter of the year, some economists think the economy will shrink at its steepest annual pace ever — a contraction that could reach 30%.In its report Thursday, the Labor Department said 3.283 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up from 282,000 during the previous week. Yet many people who have lost jobs in recent weeks have been unable to file for unemployment aid because state websites and phone systems have been overwhelmed by a crush of applicants and have frozen up.That logjam suggests that Thursday’s report actually understates the magnitude of job cuts last week. So does the fact that workers who are not on company payrolls — gig workers, free-lancers, the self-employed — aren’t currently eligible for unemployment benefits even though in many cases they’re no longer able to earn money.With layoffs surging, a significant expansion of unemployment benefits for the millions who will lose jobs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak was included in an economic relief bill nearing final approval in Congress. One provision in the bill would provide an extra $600 a week on top of the unemployment aid that states provide. Another would extend 13 additional weeks of benefits beyond the six months of jobless aid that most states offer.The new legislation would also extend unemployment benefits, for the first time, to gig workers and others who are not on company payrolls.Separate legislation passed last week provides up to $1 billion to states to enhance their ability to process claims. But that money will take time to be disbursed.In California, claims for unemployment benefits more than tripled last week to 187,000. In New York, they rose by a factor of five to 80,334. Nationwide, about 2.25% of the entire workforce applied for jobless aid last week. In Nevada, the figure was 6.8%, in Rhode Island 7.5%.Jessy Morancy of Hollywood, Florida, was laid off Friday from her job as a wheelchair attendant and customer service agent at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Morancy, 29, called the state unemployment office Monday to try to file for unemployment benefits but encountered just a recorded message telling her to call back later.She was also concerned that even a full unemployment benefit of $275 a week would be less than half of what she earned at her job and insufficient to provide for her children, ages 10 and 7.“I’m still in a state of shock,” Morancy said.She said she has heard that airline employees might continue to receive salaries if Congress provides financial assistance to the airlines. Yet even so, it’s not clear that employees like her who work for contractors — Eulen America, in her case — would be eligible.“If these companies are going to get a bailout, why not include us?” Morancy said.Even for those able to file a claim, the benefits will take time to kick in. It typically takes two to three weeks before applicants receive any money. State agencies must first contact their former employers to verify their work and earnings history. Only then can the employee’s weekly unemployment benefits be calculated.Worsening the problem, most state agencies that handle unemployment claims are operating at historically low funding levels and staffing that are intended to handle a trickle of claims. Just weeks ago, the job market was in the strongest shape it had been in decades.Kim Boldrini-Sen, 41, has also struggled to even file her claim. She has tried in two states: In Connecticut, where she works as an acupuncturist in a private practice, and in New York, where she lives and has her own acupuncture business.In Connecticut, she thought her application had been submitted. But when she returned last week to re-file as applicants are required to do each week, she found there was no record of her initial filing. After taking an hour to re-file, she received a pop-up notice that she was ineligible to do so online.In New York, the state’s website repeatedly crashed when she was halfway through filling out her request. When she finally managed to press submit, she received a pop-up saying she had to file over the phone. That hasn’t worked well, either.“I’ve called at all hours of the day, she said. “That’s been my life for a week, and I still can’t get through to anyone.”On Monday, the New York State Department of Labor tweeted, “If you have been unable to get through our phone and/or online system this week, please keep trying.”“We are working as hard as we can to ensure that all benefits are paid and appreciate your patience,” the agency said on Twitter.Ellen Zentner, an economist at Morgan Stanley, said in a note to clients that 17 million jobs could be lost through May — twice the entire 8.7 million jobs that were lost in the Great Recession. She expects the unemployment rate to average 12.8% in the April-June quarter, which would be the highest level since the 1930s.Still, Zentner also expects the economy to start recovering by the second half of the year. It will take time for things to return to something close to normal, she projects: The unemployment rate could still top 5% at the end of next year.last_img read more

South Africa eyes bid for 2019 Cup of Nations

first_imgSports Minister Tokozile Xasa told journalists after Nigeria’s 4-3 victory over South Africa in the women’s Afcon final, Awcon, Saturday that “we are indeed interested”.“We have all the infrastructure and stadiums to host this kind of event like we did in 2010 with the FIFA World Cup,” she told local media.Cameroon was stripped of hosting the 2019 edition due to delays in preparing for the tournament and security concerns.Cameroon has faced persistent attacks by Boko Haram jihadists in the north and a conflict between the army and separatists in the two English-speaking regions.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s football association (SAFA) said on Sunday it is considering making a bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 after Cameroon was dramatically stripped of the continental showpiece.Though South Africa has much of the necessary infrastructure after hosting the 2010 World Cup, cost could be a stumbling block and the final decision to bid would rest with the government.“The Confederation of African Football has asked the Association to seriously consider hosting Afcon 2019. SAFA will however, meet the Government first before making a decision,” wrote the national team on its verified Twitter account which was then re-tweeted by SAFA.The tweet followed SAFA’s annual meeting of its top leadership in Johannesburg.“The 2019 bid… is important for South Africa to remain a major role player continentally and globally. Afcon will help in building influence and relevance,” added a second tweet.last_img read more

United Way Of Thurston County Launches Online Volunteer Connection

first_imgSubmitted by United Way of Thurston CountyOLYMPIA – United Way of Thurston County launched a new volunteerism resource on January 1st.The community has been without a central hub where residents can seek out volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Connection is an online service designed to enable dedicated volunteers and service organizations to find each other as quickly and efficiently as possible.Volunteer Connection allows public and non-profit organizations to easily communicate their missions, services, and in-kind and volunteer needs, and enables volunteers to search for opportunities by agency, focus area, and zip-code. The site also includes support for large-scale group projects and multi-day events.On January 1st, Volunteer Connection went live on the United Way website, www.unitedway-thurston.org. Users simply click on the VOLUNTEER button on the homepage.United Way’s goal with this service is to enable community members looking to give their time and efforts to quickly and easily find opportunities that align with their passions and interestsFor questions about Volunteer Connection, contact Isaac Wagnitz, at [email protected] Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Jacks look to reset ahead of home opener

first_imgLooking to get in the win column following a 0-2 start, the Humboldt State football team hosts Western Oregon Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Redwood Bowl in what will be the Lumberjacks’ home opener.HSU has faced a pair of difficult opponents in MSU Texas and Central Washington to begin its 2018 campaign, and head coach Damaro Wheeler believes playing on the team’s home turf will prove pivotal in turning the tide after an inauspicious start.“It’s been a long time coming,” said Wheeler. “We’re …last_img

SA referee to officiate at Women’s World Cup

first_img7 April 2014 Top South African female referee and former Springbok women’s rugby stalwart Marlize Jordaan was on Friday named as one of eight international women’s referees to officiate matches at the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August.Sole South African In total, 14 match officials were unveiled by the International Rugby Board (IRB), eight referees and six assistant referees, with Jordaan being the only South African. Two of the remaining seven match referees were from New Zealand, while the USA, England, Ireland, Australia and Canada each had one representative respectively. Jordaan will be the third South African female referee to take charge of a game at the Women’s World Cup, following in the footsteps of Jenny Bentel and Kim Smit.‘An inspiration’ “Marlize has been an inspiration for female referees in South Africa, and it gives me great pleasure to see her receive the recognition she deserves,” the South African Rugby Union’s (Saru) General manager for Referees Andre Watson said in a statement. “This is a fantastic achievement as this honour is bestowed only on the best referees in the world. Her work ethic is admirable and so is her passion and dedication, so it is great to see her following in the footsteps of Jenny and Kim.” Dates and venues The Women’s Rugby World Cup will takes place from 1 to 17 August, with the pool matches being played in Marcoussis, near Paris, and the final stages to be held at Stade Jean Bouin, the home of Stade Francais. Jordaan made history in 2013 when she became the first female to officiate in a men’s Sevens international when she took charge of the IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup qualifier between Peru and Paraguay in Brazil in February. During her career as a player she represented the Springbok Women’s team at the Nations Cup in Canada in 2009 and she played tests in Dubai and Scotland.‘The top officials’ Commenting on the referee appointments, IRB Women’s Match Official Selection Committee Chairman John Jeffrey said: “These referees and assistant referees have proven themselves to be the top match officials in the women’s game and fully deserve their appointment to what is women’s rugby’s pinnacle tournament. “It is a great achievement for each of them to have been selected and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication. I would like to congratulate them and wish them all the best for the tournament in August,” he concluded. 2014 WRWC REFEREES Referees: Jess Beard (New Zealand), Leah Berard (USA), Claire Hodnett (England), Nicky Inwood (New Zealand), Marlize Jordaan (South Africa), Helen O’Reilly (Ireland), Amy Perrett (Australia), Sherry Trumbull (Canada). Assistant referees: Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy), Sara Cox (England), Clare Daniels (England), Marie Lematte (France), Alhambra Nievas (Spain), Alex Pratt (Scotland) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_img“There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC MOST READ LATEST STORIES “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t rule out shaking up his defence after defeat at Norwich City.City’s defence were shaky during the 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road and with Aymeric Laporte out injured John Stones returned to the back line alongside Nicolas Otamendi.Guardiola was asked if he would consider rotating his squad for the upcoming Champions League group stage game in Ukraine on Wednesday night.”Of course we can do it (rotate), because we have to see if maybe we have problems, maybe they are tired, maybe another one we will need another one,” Guardiola replied.”Just the spirit, just if you want to take a step for the team, for the club, we are going to solve it, if not we are going to suffer. We are going to fight again and again. But I’m sorry but if you believe for that reason that I have doubts in my team, I can’t.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FurBearers appealing to Premier Horgan after lawsuit against conservation officer rejected by

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The executive director of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals says she’s going to be petitioning Premier John Horgan to make changes to the rules governing Conservation Officers in B.C. after the B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed the Association’s lawsuit against a conservation officer who chose to destroy a bear cub two years ago.In May 2016, South Peace resident Tiana Jackson discovered a black bear cub lying on a gravel road near her home, roughly 50 kilometres from Dawson Creek. Jackson reportedly called the Conservation Officer Service after the mother bear didn’t return and brought the cub home, giving it food and water while keeping it in a dog kennel.While en route to Jackson’s home, conservation officer Micah Kneller reportedly called her for an update and explained to her after learning that the cub had been placed in a kennel that it would have to be put down. Despite arranging for the bear to be accepted at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, Jackson said that Kneller officer refused, and euthanized the bear via lethal injection. “We’re asking for the Province to define the duties of a conservation officer and to provide transparency in doing so,” said Fox. “We’re also asking for independent oversight because right now the Conservation Officer Service is essentially a private army. They review their own complaint process; the duties aren’t defined in the legislation. There’s a need for conservation officers to be very clear within their duties of when they can and when they can’t kill an animal. Right now that’s not clear at all.”With files from CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-court-of-appeal-dismisses-fur-bearers-case-1.4697053 Last November, Jackson and the Association – which also goes by the name ‘The Fur-Bearers’ – filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Kneller, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, and the Minister of Environment. In his ruling the following month, Supreme Court Justice G.C. Weatherill stated that “In my view, the management of wildlife resources by conservation officers, as contemplated by the Wildlife Act, includes the authority to kill wildlife in circumstances broader than those set out in [Section 79 of the Wildlife Act].” In January, The Fur-Bearers announced that they would be appealing the verdict to the B.C. Court of Appeal, but the CBC News is reporting that the higher court has also dismissed the Fur-Bearers’ case. Reading the appeal court’s decision, Justice Harvey Groberman said that it would be inappropriate to consider the proceedings as a case about Kneller’s actions and that the power to kill animals as outlined by the Wildlife Act is not limited to section 79, as the Fur-Bearers’ Arden Beddoes lawyer argued.The B.C. Ministry of Environment released the following statement after this morning’s verdict:“Not a single conservation officer relishes the thought of having to put down an animal – euthanization is a last resort. Conservation officers are guided by provincial wildlife policy, as well as their experience and expertise, to make decisions in the field every day. The previous court decision affirms our understanding of the authorities granted to Conservation Officers under the Wildlife Act.‎ As this matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”The Fur-Bearers’ executive director Lesley Fox said that she’s frustrated by the Court’s verdict and that the Association is setting up a call to action and appealing to Premier John Horgan to have conservation officers’ duties to be exactly defined.last_img read more