August 12, 2020 Find out more News JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation April 14, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information ————————- Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News 14.05.07 – Ex-parliamentarian arrested for criticising corruption online Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests JordanMiddle East – North Africa Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org June 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further Ahmad Oweidi Abbadi, an author and cyber-dissident who has been held for the past three months, was allowed to received a visit from his 23-year-old son, Bisher Abbadi, in Jwaideh prison on 14 August. In an interview for the Los Angeles Times, Bisher said his father appeared thinner and tired by interrogation.Abbadi’s trial on charges of damaging the state’s prestige and reputation began on 7 August. He pleaded not guilty and rejected the charges that were read out in court by the judge. The trial was adjourned until 4 September.Abbadi was arrested on 3 May as a result of a complaint by interior minister Eid Fayez, whose name appeared in an open letter criticising several government officials that Abbadi had posted online. Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of former Jordanian parliamentarian Ahmad Oweidi Abbadi on 3 May for accusing King Abdallah’s government of corruption in an open letter to US senator Harry Reid that he posted on the Internet. August 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed cyber-dissident allowed to receive visit from son Follow the news on Jordan News —————————————————- RSF_en Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of former Jordanian parliamentarian Ahmad Oweidi Abbadi on 3 May for accusing King Abdallah’s government of corruption in an open letter to US senator Harry Reid that he posted on the Internet.“This is the first time that someone has been arrested in Jordan because of what they posted online,” the press freedom organisation said. “Using imprisonment to silence a government opponent and to cover up embarrassing scandals in unacceptable.”Interior minister Eid Al-Fayez is prosecuting Abbadi on charges of defamation, “violating laws governing the Internet” and “harming the state’s prestige and reputation.” Abbadi’s letter accused the government of “corruption,” “human rights abuses” and “attacking the independence of the media.”Abbadi heads the Jordanian National Movement, which says its supports democracy, human rights and political, economic and social reforms. He is being held in Al-Jwaidah prison. A member of his party, Abdul Salam Al-Mualla, has written to US President Georges W. Bush asking him to do all he can to get Abbadi released.The traditional media are closely watch in Jordan, and journalists have to belong to the government-controlled Jordanian Press Association.
Matt Seyler/ABC News(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — The U.S. Naval Academy freshmen scaled the Herndon Monument in the annual climb Monday.The event was part of a tradition in Annapolis, Maryland, where the freshmen or “plebes” build a human pyramid and climb a 21-foot monument to replace the “dixie cup” hat with an upperclassman’s hat. Finishing in one hour and five minutes, they beat last year’s time of two hours and 21 minutes.Upperclassmen slathered the monument in nearly 50 pounds of vegetable shortening and freshmen were required to remove their shoes before they started.“We call it the culminating event for the end of their freshmen year,” said Jenny Erickson, a U.S. Naval Academy spokesperson.The first recorded climb was in 1950, without grease. The greasy climb is a rite of passage for “plebes,” or freshmen, to mark officially becoming Midshipmen 4th Class. Christian Schwein, 19, from the 27th Company, had the honor of placing the hat atop the monument this year.According to tradition, the midshipman who gets the hat on top will become the first admiral in the class.The Herndon Monument is named for Navy Cmdr. William Lewis Herndon, who “possessed the qualities of discipline, teamwork and courage.”Much like the monument, the climb represents the teamwork, and perseverance freshmen have to endure in the first year at the academy. In addition to their academic responsibilities, they undergo military-style training including six weeks of “Plebe Summer” which is similar to basic training in the military. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
View Comments Could Playboy bunnies soon be heading to the Great White Way?! A musical based on the life of Hugh Hefner is in development. According to a casting notice, Hef will be workshopped this August, with industry performances taking place August 28 through August 30.Directed and choreographed by Bethany Christine Elkin, the show will feature music and lyrics by Justin S. Fischer and book by Elkin and Jaime Donegan.Elkin told Broadway.com: “the show is set in Chicago, in the 1950s to 1970s…It focuses on the creation of Playboy and also the life of Hugh Hefner and his secretary Bobbie Arnstein.”The first issue of the infamous magazine was published in December 1953, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Arnstein took her own life in 1975; the FBI had been pressuring her to finger Hefner for drug offenses, an allegation that was never proved.No word yet on casting, but we’re obviously already dreaming of how various of our Broadway faves would look donning a silk dressing gown.
Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, has hinted at international retirement after making his 100th appearance for Nigeria in Wednesday’s international friendly against Uganda at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo, southeast Nigeria.The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Super Eagles against a Ugandan Cranes side who grabbed the only goal of the game in the 75th minute through Faruku Miya.And Enyeama, speaking after the game, couldn’t hide his disappointment over the loss even though he was glad to be the second Nigerian player to hit the century mark after erstwhile Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo.“I want to say a big thank you to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. Everywhere in the world; everyone that has supported me; that has rooted for me all these years. I want to say a big thank you to them. I love them and words cannot express how I feel,” said the Lille goalkeeper, who made his Super Eagles debut in May 2002 against Kenya.He was speaking to Supersport.He added: “It was a great disappointment [we lost] but this is football. It is a training game. There was prestige at stake, there was pride at stake but it is part of life. We played with a new team and it’s going to take time for us to blend; for us to get to know ourselves.” “Thirteen years in these colours? It hasn’t been that easy. There have been ups and downs but I just want to thank God. He has been good [to me]. It has been a successful career all the way. It has been one feat to another. It has been one form of greatness to another, so I want to thank God and everyone that has been there for me.”And regarding rumours that the 33-year-old is contemplating international retirement in order to concentrate on his club career, Enyeama said: “I have to stop at some point. I cannot keep playing until I get old. I have to stop at some point and concentrate on my club football. But for now I don’t know.“[I now have a] hundred caps in the bag and I am going to sit with the coaches and see the way forward because a whole lot of things have to be sorted out. So we will sit and sort things out.”–
21 January 2015We will market our successes and share our plans to deal with our challenges, President Jacob Zuma said as the South African delegation touched down in Switzerland on Tuesday, ahead of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in the village of Davos.Zuma said South Africa was looking forward to a successful session in the Swiss village, where it would promote the National Development Plan (NDP) to the world.More than 40 heads of state and government, as well as 2 500 leaders from business and society will convene at the 45th WEF annual meeting from 21 to 24 January.“We are ready to communicate our country’s successes and also to share our plans to deal with the challenges that we face,” said Zuma.Job driversSouth Africa would market its identified six job drivers that are designed to achieve much-needed growth with decent jobs, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.The six job drivers are infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, manufacturing, the green economy, and tourism.“Under infrastructure, energy ranks high up given the challenges that the country faces with regards to energy constraints,” the Presidency said.South Africa will also market the new flagship project, Operation Phakisa, especially the component dealing with promoting the ocean economy.“Areas of focus are marine transport and manufacturing activities such as coastal shipping, trans-shipment, boat building, repair and refurbishment, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture and marine protection services and ocean governance,” said the Presidency.Promotion of InvestmentIt said the country had further enhanced the investment legislative environment through the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, which had been concluded after “extensive consultations”.“The Bill aims to update and modernise South Africa’s legal framework to protect investment and ensure that South Africa remains open to foreign investment.“It is also designed to ensure that the country’s legal framework does not override existing legislation protecting investment.“[It] ensures a balance between the rights and obligations of investors and of government, particularly in respect of Constitutional obligations to advance the public interest and clarifies standards of protection for investors – both foreign and domestic – by setting out provisions ordinarily found in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) in a manner that is consistent with the South African Constitution and existing legal framework,” the Presidency said.Economic blueprintThe Presidency said the NDP – South Africa’s plan to boost the economy and eradicate poverty and unemployment by 2030 – was already being implemented by all government departments.“The plan shapes government’s budget allocation as we move towards 2030. Through the NDP, we also aim to position South Africa as a key destination for foreign direct investment. Key elements of the plan do not require additional resources and long lead times.“Business has a significant role to play in the success of the NDP. It is crucial for business and government to work together to drive competitiveness and promote long- term growth, as well as the creation of jobs,” Zuma said.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Source: SAnews.gov
A White House budget plan for fiscal 2019 would shrink spending for the Department of Energy’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by more than 70%, The Washington Post reports.The proposal, if approved intact by Congress, could mean sharp reductions in work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, an important hub of renewable energy development that ultimately benefits U.S. homeowners. Most of NREL’s budget of $293 million a year comes from the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where spending would drop from $2.04 billion in the current year to $575.5 million.The Post based its report on draft budget documents and said they reflect the administration’s ongoing efforts to shore up fossil fuels, including what the president has called “clean beautiful coal.” The White House unsuccessfully asked for similar budget cuts last year and didn’t get them, and Congress probably won’t go along with the latest requests, either.But the president’s budget proposal, due out this month, will represent his opening gambit in talks with Congress and is an affirmation of White House policy and intent, The Post said. RELATED ARTICLES Energy and Building Programs Brace for Trump BudgetGreen Building in the Trump Era The fate of the lab is an especially big deal in Colorado. The Daily Camera reported that NREL now employs 1,700 people. Had all of last year’s proposed budget cuts to energy programs been implemented, Colorado could have lost 2,830 research and science jobs and $1.5 billion in economic activity, according to Third Way, a Washington, D.C., based think tank.Heather Lammers, a spokeswoman, said the lab wouldn’t “speculate on rumors prior to the release of the official budget.”Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the administration believes there is a role for all fuels in the country’s energy mix, including renewables. Hynes said the department had awarded “hundreds of millions of dollars to solar and wind energy.”NREL is but one of a number of programs that could see crippling losses of federal support. The Post said that the draft document seeks an end to the weatherization program and state energy grants. It would reduce spending on research for fuel-efficient vehicles by 82% and cut spending on solar technology by 78%. Money for efficient building technologies and research into geothermal, hydro, and wind also would be cut, the newspaper said.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: This is where I belongby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says he made the right decision staying with Chelsea.The 18-year-old penned a five-year contract recently after previously trying to force through a move to Bayern Munich.”The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that,” he told BBC Sport.”The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at.”I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am.”
Twitter/@CoachCroninUCCincinnati has been without head coach Mick Cronin since December, when he was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm, but he has been unwavering in his support of the team. Moments after the Bearcats’ dramatic overtime win against Purdue in today’s round of 64, a very excited Cronin took a selfie next to his television. That’s my main man !!!!!! BEARCATS BASKETBALL. thank you to all of our fans. pic.twitter.com/i6eFEXdSGx— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 20, 2015We’re glad Cronin is doing well. Watching the Bearcats isn’t quite the same without his intensity on the sideline. Cincinnati will play the winner of tonight’s Kentucky-Hampton game on Saturday.[SB Nation]
CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) says it’s disappointed but not deterred that train crews voted to reject a one-year contract renewal.CP Rail said it’s meeting with leaders of the union representing rail workers on Thursday to discuss the results of the vote in which a majority of members rejected the proposed extension.“We look forward to working with the union membership to better understand this result and to discuss next steps,” said CEO Keith Creel.“We remain optimistic that we can come to a mutually beneficial agreement.”A memo posted by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said that of the 1,725 members who voted on the contract renewal, 1,158 said no to the proposal.The union represents approximately 3,000 Canadian conductors and engineers at CP Rail.“The TCRC is assessing the entire situation and consistent with the Labour Code will be contacting CP to begin the bargaining process,” said Teamsters president Douglas Finnson.