Major crackdown on independent media

first_img Receive email alerts News February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Yemen News Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s decision by the information minister to ban the printing of seven newspapers. Help by sharing this information Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF YemenMiddle East – North Africa YemenMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s decision by the information minister to ban the printing of seven newspapers – Al-Nada, Al-Shari’, Al-Masdar, Al-Mustaqila, Al-Diyar, Al-Ayyam and Al-Watani – for allegedly promoting “separatism.”“This decision is censorship, pure and simple,” said Reporters Without Border, which wrote today to President Ali Abdullah Saleh urging him to rescind the ban and to ensure that an independent press can continue to exist in Yemen.Fouad Rachid, the editor of the Mukalla Press website, was meanwhile arrested at around 8 p.m. yesterday by government security forces in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaout province (500 km east of Sanaa), and was taken to an unknown location. Mukalla Press has been covering the unrest in the south.One of the newspapers, the privately-owned daily Al-Ayyam, had been the target of harassment in recent days over its coverage of protests and unrest in the south of the country. Yemen was ranked 155th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.———-05.05.2009 – Aden-based daily’s delivery trucks interceptedReporters Without Borders condemns the repeated hijacking of trucks carrying copies of the privately-owned daily Al-Ayyam in the past few days. The interceptions appear to be have prompted by the Yemen-based newspaper’s coverage of protests in the south of the country.Al-Ayyam editor Hisham Bashraheel told Reporters Without Borders that the seizures were “worthy of a totalitarian regime.” He said he contacted the prime minister yesterday and that the prime minister had promised to investigate.“The recent events are threatening Al-Ayyam’s very existence.” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to investigate these incidents properly and to ensure that the newspaper can be distributed normally. Such methods are tantamount to censorship.”A truck carrying about 16,500 copies of the newspaper was intercepted by gunmen on the Lahej road 50 km north of Aden (360 km south of Sanaa) on 1 May. The driver was forced to abandon the truck and all the copies were seized.The same thing happened on the morning of 3 May to two of the newspaper’s delivery trucks, one bound for Taez and the other for Sanaa. A total of 30,000 copies of the newspaper were taken and the drivers were held for 17 hours. These attacks are believed to have been the work of a pro-government organisation that claims to defend national unity.Al-Ayyam’s local correspondents have often been threatened and its Sanaa office was the target of an armed attack on 12 February 2008 (http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=25751).Created in 1958, Al-Ayyam is one of Yemen’s leading dailies. It has no political affiliation but, with headquarters in the southern city of Aden, it acts as a mouthpiece of the inhabitants of the poor southern provinces and has provided extensive coverage of the social unrest in the south. Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions to go further May 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Major crackdown on independent media February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Listen To Dopapod’s Funk-Fueled Raleigh Show In Full, With Donkey Kong & AC/DC Covers

first_imgLast night, Dopapod brought The Fritz along for a rockin’ performance at the Lincoln Theater, wrapping up a weekend full of performances on their spring tour. The Fritz opened up the show, welcoming Dopapod’s Rob Compa out for a performance of their song, “Oppenheim.” Check out L4LM’s recent premiere with The Fritz here.Dopapod took things over, opening with new song “Cure” (while also teasing “Waves” by Phish) and delivering some great jams throughout. Their set included a by-request version of “FABA,” as well as a solo debut performance of the song “Garbage Man” from Rob Compa. The show also included a cover of the “Donkey Kong Country Theme” and an encore cover of AC/DC’s “TNT.”Dopapod Funks Hard In New Studio Session Video For ‘Super Bowl’Listen to full audio from both bands below, courtesy of taper Matt Moricle: Setlist: Dopapod at Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC – 4/17/16Set: Cure[1], Present Ghosts, New James, Weedie, Super Bowl, FABA [2], Garbage Man [3], French Bowling [4] > Donkey Kong Country Theme > BraindeadEncore: TNT[1] Waves (Phish) tease. Roid Rage tease. [2] By request [3] First time played. Rob played this song by himself. The band left the stage while a technical issue was remedied. [4] Unfinished [5] AC/DClast_img read more

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Ashley Wright Joins Kilawatt Technologies

first_imgShelburne, VT-November 13, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce Ashley Wright has joined the energy conservation software company as a Sales Representative. Ms. Wright will support the companys wholesale conservation partners who use Kilawatt’s products, based on the company’s EnerSuite software, to lower energy consumption, cut costs and reduce greenhouse gases in commercial buildings. Ms. Wright will also be working closely with organizations that are using Kilawatt’s LEED products to achieve valuable points in the Energy and Atmosphere section of the LEED certification for existing buildings. Ms. Wright graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2007 and currently lives in Burlington.Kilawatt Technologies is headquartered in Shelburne and is a leading information software company helping organizations around the world conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings with little or no capital investment. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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UK trade union targets LGPS with Israeli divestment campaign

first_imgOver the last two years, European institutional investors have increasingly become wary of investments in companies associated with the Israeli settlements and occupation in Palestine.This led to numerous divestments from companies directly associated with supporting the settlements, including banks and construction firms.However, this has run contrary to recent developments in the US, where the state of Illinois saw its elected chambers unanimously pass legislation requiring the five state-funded pension schemes to identify companies boycotting Israel and divest their holdings.The UK trade union said its campaign seeks to influence companies, via their pension scheme investors, that are associated with Israel’s occupation, settlements and barrier.It is a supporter of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign being run against Israel.“Some companies have factories located in the West Bank settlements and often employ Palestinian workers, paying them far less than they would have to pay Israeli workers, without providing them with holiday pay, sick pay or the right to join a trade union,” UNISON said.“Others provide services to the Israeli military, checkpoints or prisons.”The trade union said investment managers for UK pension funds should be put under pressure to engage with companies and stop involvement in the occupied territories, given the evidence of engagement working on other matters.It said the occupation was illegal under international law and that companies associated with it were at risk over reputational damage, not to mention litigation.“Influencing multinational companies is not easy,” it said, “but they will listen to their major investors, including our pension funds.”In the Netherlands, the €189bn pension fund manager PGGM divested from five Israeli banks involved in funding settlements in areas of Israeli-occupied Palestine.PGGM’s decision was triggered by a request from main client, healthcare worker scheme PFZW, but resulted in a political storm resulting in the Dutch ambassador’s being summoned by the Israeli government, and pro-Israel protests outside its offices.The NOK7trn (€806bn) Norwegian Pension Fund Global had previously excluded property and construction companies operating in Israel over concerns they were violating the European Convention on Human Rights. The UK’s second largest trade union, UNISON, has launched a campaign for members to lobby pension funds to divest from companies supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestine.It advises members to cite the UK Law Commission’s recent update and guidance on fiduciary duty, which it said made clear where trustees could invoke ethical concerns that were financially important.The trade union, with more than 1m members mainly in the public sector, said its campaign was primarily focused on Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) with more than £200bn (€275bn) in assets, and some private sector defined benefit (DB) plans.UNISON said it intended to extend the campaign to private sector defined contribution (DC) investors in due course.last_img read more

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USC student dies in off-campus shooting

first_imgCBSCA sent a statement to its mailing list about McElhaney’s death Sunday afternoon. Peter Erskine, the director of Drumset Studies at Thornton and one of McElhaney’s instructors, said McElhaney was an active participant at the school in an email statement to the Daily Trojan. Austin wrote in her email that students will be informed of memorial plans as information becomes available. “Victor was a son of Oakland,” his mother, Oakland District 3 Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.” McElhaney was part of the Jazz Studies program at Thornton, and he was interested in the relationship between music and social and political movements, Austin said. He was also dedicated to community service — he was a mentor for young musicians and taught at the Oakland Public Conversatory of Music, the email read. An LAPD investigation into the matter is ongoing, and no arrests have been made as of Sunday. “Whether it was through his music or through his conversation, he challenged others and himself to think outside of the box,” the CBCSA email read. “He believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal and to bring hope,” the email read. McElhaney transferred to USC from California State University, East Bay in 2017. Beyond music, he was also involved at the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at USC, Austin’s email read. Victor McElhaney, a senior studying music at the Thornton School of Music, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 21.   “We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence,” she wrote in her statement. “And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.” As of Wednesday morning, the page has raised over $40,000, surpassing its original $30,000 fundraising goal. It now has a $50,000 goal. Donations included a $10,000 contribution from the Oakland Athletics, according to the GoFundMe page. “Funds will be used to assist the McElhaney Family with final arrangements and a memorial concert in honor of Victor McElhaney and the families of victims of gun violence,” the GoFundMe page said. As a councilwoman, McElhaney’s mother has actively fought gun violence in Oakland. She helped pass laws like Measure Z, a public safety initiative that funded prevention strategies against gun violence, according to the City of Oakland’s website. “Victor was already playing at a professional level when he came to USC,” Erskine said. “His audition was a welcome breath of fresh air — he had the touch, the feel and the musical understanding of a seasoned jazz musician … Victor was always the first to volunteer to play in any group class.” Interim President Wanda Austin sent a memo informing the USC community of McElhaney’s death. Austin offered her condolences to his friends and family in her email. McElhaney was approached by three to four suspects around 12:24 a.m. Sunday during a possible failed robbery attempt at Maple Ave. and Adams Blvd., the Los Angeles Police Department said. One of the suspects shot McElhaney, and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. McElhaney was taken to a hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department shortly thereafter, where he died later that morning, according to the LAPD. The Berkeley organization Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency created a GoFundMe fundraising page on behalf of McElhaney’s family on Monday, according to the GoFundMe site. The organization is a non profit that fights homelessness and community violence in the East Bay.last_img read more

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