News January 22, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The only satirical newspaper suspends its publication RSF_en March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Created in February 2001, Addomari is known for its critics against the power. Already on 19 June 2001 the authorities had compelled the newspaper to suppress two pages in which he was criticising the government. In February 2001, the newspaper was circulating 60 000 copies. According to the information gathered by RSF, the satirical weekly newspaper Addomari suspended its publication on January 21 due to the conditions imposed by the authorities on its distribution. These latter have decided to compel a distribution via the state company to the newspaper which, up to now, secured its own distribution to subscribers and libraries. The state company claimed it would collect 40% on the sales takings and would distribute a number of copies lower than the regular circulation. Since the newspaper does not receive any subsidies, Ali Farzat, owner of the weekly, fears that this new distribution mode will entail heavy losses. Thus, on January 21, he decided not to distribute the last issue of his newspaper, which is usually issued on Mondays. He called on the ministry of Information, pointing out that the law on publications does not impose on private newspapers to be distributed through the State Company. Organisation Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more News In a letter addressed to the Information minister, Adnan Omrane, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF – Reporters without Borders) protested against the conditions imposed on the distribution of the satirical newspaper Addomari whose proprietor, Ali Farzat, has consequently decided to suspend the publication. “Nowadays, the authorities are trying to close down by all means the only private satirical newspaper in the country”, declared Robert Ménard, general secretary of the organisation. “This newspaper should be allowed to secure its own distribution, without using the state company. Isn’t it true that the Syrian law does not demand that private newspapers be distributed through that state company?” he added. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information News February 3, 2021 Find out more
Long-term studies at Bird Island, South Georgia, show that numbers of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses have been decreasing since the late 1970s. To determine the status of the total South Georgia population, all known colonies were censused in 2003/2004 using a combination of yacht-based digital photography and ground counts. The breeding population estimates from this census are 1,553 pairs of wandering albatross, 74,296 pairs of black-browed albatross and 47,674 pairs of grey-headed albatross. A 30% decline since 1984 was recorded for wandering albatross, and comparison of a sample of black-browed and grey-headed albatross colonies on the mainland of South Georgia photo-censused in both 1985/1986 and 2003/2004 indicates similarly substantial population declines. Unless these decreases can be halted or reversed, doubt will exist as to the long-term viability of these species of albatross at South Georgia.
By Iris Amador/Diálogo October 26, 2018 The International Comprehensive Action and Development Certification concluded after three weeks of instruction at the Colonel Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, September 28th. The course falls within the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan for Central America and the Caribbean (USCAP), a cooperation program among the countries of the hemisphere to strengthen regional security. Colombia manages the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored initiative. Colombian Army officers taught the course to 26 students of the Honduran Armed Forces. To put their knowledge to practice, participants carried out a medical brigade in Ojojona municipality, Francisco Morazán department, a day before completing the course. “Through these activities, we can strengthen the institutional image of the Armed Forces while contributing to the progress and development of locations lacking basic necessities,” said Colombian Army Captain Helber Quintero, instructor at the Colombian School of International Missions and Comprehensive Action. Cap. Quintero led the team of four Colombian instructors who taught the course. “The mission was to train Honduran service members to plan, prepare, execute, and evaluate campaigns to benefit communities,” he told Diálogo. The group of 18 Honduran officers and eight recent non-commissioned officer graduates put together a team of doctors, dentists, psychologists, nutritionists, and hairdressers to provide free medical services, medicine, social assistance, and recreational activities to Ojojona inhabitants. Members of the Red Cross, the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras, the Honduran National Police and fire department, and other volunteers participated in the combined and interagency brigade. Municipal officials and members of the Honduran Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion joined the effort, contributing 500 bags of supplies. “The activity had a large impact with the inhabitants,” Honduran Army Captain Gilberto Aguilar, a course participant, told Diálogo. “[Its success was due to] good instruction, the officers’ commitment, institutional integration, and the support of the community.” Medicine and laughter More than 1,400 people received medical and social assistance. Children enjoyed an afternoon snack and played in inflatable bounce houses. Soldiers, decked in clown outfits, brought laughter and smiles, and added to the fun with animal-shaped balloons. “We had more attendees than expected,” said Capt. Aguilar, whose leadership and organizational skills made him top student in the course. “We brought [local] leaders and parents of local schoolchildren closer. We found that people want to help. Sometimes we only need someone to coordinate and help them get organized.” Colombian instructors packed neon shoes, paint, and red noses in their luggage. According to Capt. Quintero, “The idea is to break with the traditional views civilians have of soldiers. To watch service members carry out such activities with children was something new. People value this, because they weren’t expecting to see soldiers share these experiences.” Advocates and friends Working with children is just one of several operational means to get closer to the population. The course included training activities focused on the elderly, agricultural practices, such as those the Colombian Army uses to substitute illegal crops with legal productive crops, and others. “Raising military awareness means reaching people’s hearts with these activities, so they can see that a soldier is a friend to them,” Capt. Quintero said. “Unified actions impact the security of communities and the country’s stability in general.” The Honduran Armed Forces carry out civil-military activities in different areas of the national territory throughout the year. On this occasion, however, the students of this course executed the Ojojona initiative on their own. In addition to medical services, parents handy with electricity helped repair the school’s power system and implemented a waste recycling system. Thanks to the military students’ actions, the team was able to get about a dozen electrical appliances they raffled off to the population. “People left happy,” Capt. Aguilar said. “Some children stayed with us the whole day. We gave them an afternoon snack and they didn’t want us to leave.” This is the trust-based relationship the course tries to foster among soldiers and their own communities. Upon completing the course, taught in Honduras for the first time, participants said they hope to strengthen ties through sports events, cultural programs, and other recreational activities, such as movies in the park. Senior leaders of the Honduran Armed Forces thanked SOUTHCOM and Colombian representatives. The training, they said, will have a multiplying effect to fulfill one of the Armed Forces’ most important roles: mitigating critical needs of large parts of the population. Colombian Army Staff Sergeant Elkin Contreras, a course instructor, said the initiatives allow people to know that their soldiers “protect them with more than weapons.”
The 2016 Ryder Cup is a winner for England Golf, even before the first ball is struck tomorrow. Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett and Chris Wood make up half of Team Europe – and all played for England as amateurs. England Golf chief executive Nick Pink said: “We’re wishing the European team the very best of luck and we’re immensely proud that six of the players are English and that, with our clubs and counties, we supported their development. “This is a huge inspiration for today’s ambitious amateurs and a terrific reward for all the volunteers and coaches who work so hard to support our talented players.” The Parliamentary Golf Group has also wished the European Ryder Cup team well ahead of the competition at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA. In a letter to the Darren Clarke, Captain of Team Europe, the Group Chairman Karl McCartney MP passed on the best wishes of all members of the group, and expressed hope: “that the event will help to promote our game across the UK and inspire more people to pick up their clubs, take part in physical activity, and keep fit and healthy”. In addition to England’s six players, Team Europe also includes Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, and England, Northern Ireland and Scotland are also all represented by the captain and vice-captains. Karl McCartney commented: “I am looking forward to following the action with great excitement, and hope that Team Europe can prevail to win their fourth competition in a row. Golf is a sport for all, and I hope that the strong UK presence in the team will encourage the next generation of young golfers.” The England six: Matt Fitzpatrick is from Hallamshire, Yorkshire, and was the US amateur champion and the world number one amateur before turning pro. He has already won twice. Andy Sullivan represented Nuneaton, Warwickshire, as an amateur. He turned pro in 2011 after helping to win the Walker Cup and has won three times on the European Tour. Justin Rose is an England Golf ambassador, the first Olympic golf champion in 112 years and the 2013 US Open champion. He played at North Hants, Hampshire, as an amateur. Lee Westwood, a former world number one, is about to play his 10th Ryder Cup. He was an amateur at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and writes on the club’s website: “I’ll never forget my roots. They are firmly embedded in the fairways of Worksop Golf Club.” Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, represented Rotherham, Yorkshire, as an amateur and was English champion and world number one before turning pro. Chris Wood, the 2016 BMW PGA champion, is from Long Ashton, Gloucestershire. He was England’s number one amateur for two years before turning pro. Caption: Matt Fittzpatrick playing as an amateur (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 29 Sep 2016 Ryder Cup is a winner for England Golf
THE $100,000 LENNYFROMMALIBU STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS Race 1 (of 11) Approximate post time 2 p.m. PDT Forest Chatter – Mike Smith – 122Pay The Fine – Mario Gutierrez – 120Ambitious Brew – Flavien Prat – 122Old Man Lake – Tyler Baze – 120K Thirty Eight – Edwin Maldonado – 120First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.Released on 5/25/16For more information, please contact Alexis Garske at [email protected] or call 626-574-6418. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Stakes winner Forest Chatter and Ambitious Brew, along with three others return in Saturday’s $100,000 Lennyfrommalibu Stakes going six and a half furlongs down the hillside turf course for California bred or sired horses, four years old and up.FOREST CHATTER: Most recently third in the Sensational Star Stakes on Feb. 27 down the hill, the Richard Mandella trained 6-year-old gelding by Dixie Chatter, who stands at Bellena Vista Farm in Ramona, CA, will return to the distance he has dominated in the past and will seek his sixth win over the unique course. Mike Smith will be back aboard as he has been in all five of Forest Chatter’s career wins. Owned by Pam and Martin Wygod, Forest Chatter is 12-5-1-2 overall with $248,510 in earnings.AMBITIOUS BREW: A winner of the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 12, 2015 going a mile on the dirt, Ambitious Brew ran a troubling sixth in his last outing, the Oct. 12 California Flag Handicap down the turf course but was found to have bled following the race and was vanned off. Running out of the money only twice in seven starts down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, Ambitious Brew will hope to return to form and gains Flavien Prat as his rider. A 6-year-old gelding by Tizbud, who stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, CA, he is owned by his breeder Pamela Ziebarth and trained by Marty Jones. Ambitious Brew is 15-5-6-0 overall with $338,380 in earnings. LENNYFROMMALIBU IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
By Molly C. HerndonWatch the recording of Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military FamiliesMany of you had questions that we just didn’t a chance to respond to during the Nov. 1 webinar, Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families. Here, Dr. Barbara O’Neill addresses those questions.Q. Is it always better to wait for full Social Security benefits?A. Famous financial planning answer…It depends. But some people don’t have that luxury. They need their Social Security benefit money right away to pay their bills or they are in poor health so there is no point in waiting. Absent these two issues, workers will receive a higher benefit if they wait until full retirement age and even more if they continue to wait to age 70 (delayed retirement credits). In addition to benefiting themselves, a decision to wait can also benefit workers’ spouses.Q. Is it true that if you are divorced, your former spouse can receive 50% of your Social Security earnings without your Social Security being reduced?A. Divorced spouses will get the higher of a benefit based on their own work record or their ex-spouse’s work record. The marriage must have lasted at least 10 years. Here are the rules. Your benefit as a divorced spouse is equal to one-half of your ex-spouse’s full retirement amount (or disability benefit) if you start receiving benefits at your full retirement age. The benefits do not include any delayed retirement credits your ex-spouse may receive.Q. Other than going to Social Security website, is there a calculator to be able to enter numbers to see the breakeven for Social Security (when is it not worth waiting any longer) particularly for those individuals that will fall into Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)A. For some helpful break-even resources, seeHow do I calculate my Social Security break-even age? When can I collect Social Security benefits: Calculating breakeven ageSocial Security Benefits CalculatorIt should be noted that the WEP will NOT take effect until someone collects a government pension. If they collect SS while still working after FRA, they’ll get a full SS benefit until they retire.Many more of you had questions about the new Blended Retirement System, and we will address those too! Questions shared in the chat pod in today’s discussion were sent to the presenter of our scheduled Military Blended Retirement System webinar on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. ET so make plans to join us.
Close to 50 teams will compete in the 2015 Metro Cup competition, which starts this Friday, 17 July at Whites Hill, Brisbane. Teams from across Brisbane and surrounding areas will compete in the 14 round competition, which will be played weekly and will finish with grand finals on Saturday, 21 November. 49 teams will compete across six divisions in the competition, ranging from Men’s and Women’s Premier through to Men’s and Women’s division two competitions.L&T Dodgers will be hopeful of winning back-to-back Men’s Premier League titles in 2015, as well as Men’s Division One and Two titles which they also won in 2014, while the Southern Storm will be looking for consecutive Women’s Premier League wins following their 2014 victory. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2015 Metro Cup, please visit the following sites:Website – www.bmta.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/brisbanetouch 2014 Metro Cup results Men’s Premier LeagueL&T Dodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 5Women’s Premier LeagueSouthern Storm 9 defeated Country Club Colts 2Men’s Division OneL&T Dodgers 6 defeated Uni Rebels 4Women’s Division OneRedlands Crushers 7 defeated Southern Storm 6Men’s Division TwoL&T Dodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 6Women’s Division TwoUni Rebels Juniors 7 defeated Uni Rebels IPS 6Related Links2015 Metro Cup
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva urges board not to panicby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has urged the board not to panic after a slow start to the season.Everton head into Saturday’s game at Burnley on the back of three straight defeats to heap the pressure back on Silva. Asked if he felt he had the backing of director of football Marcel Brands as unrest grows, Silva said: “I understand what you are asking, and we have to be on the same page, we must be.“If you ask me if I feel I am with Marcel, then 100 per cent. It doesn’t make sense for me and for a football club to have a project and then change it because we didn’t win the last three games. You can not do that, it is impossible.”He added: “We inside the club know what’s happened last summer – we have to know because we are football people.“I know what the club asked me as well. I know everything that has happened and for me it is so clear. Stability is so important. If you ask me then I don’t feel anything has changed in the last week. Of course I am not happy, the players are not happy, everyone inside is not happy.“But the club is clear. We showed last summer that we had a project and I’am the manager to handle and work with the players we have.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin tells Lampard: Don’t spend big after transfer banby Freddie Taylor15 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin has urged the club not to spend big after their transfer ban concludes.The Blues are currently a six-match winning run thanks in large part to their flourishing contingent of academy graduates.Those youngsters have benefitted from Chelsea’s inability to buy any players until next summer, and Nevin thinks the club must resist ruining their development.He wrote on the club’s website: “Our young side have just deservedly beaten Ajax, the best young side in Europe, at their own ground and it was no fluke, Chelsea were the better team.”If we do the double over them on 5 November, does that then make us the best young side in Europe? If it does, then should Frank take a chance on ruining that progress with a bunch of new signings?”Why for example would you even consider buying, say, another centre-forward when Tammy Abraham has been superb and is absolutely definitely going to get even better? Well there could be a dip in form or an injury, or indeed he might just need a rest at some point.”We have got other strikers already on the roster. Michy’s goals-to-minutes-played figures are off the scale again this season for club and country, but what club or indeed manager would turn down a world-class player if he suddenly became available?”I hadn’t considered it at all this season, because with Chelsea lying fourth in the Premier League, who cares about next season right at this moment? Well the club has to, Frank has to and doing things at the last moment on a whim is generally not considered the best way to bring long-term success to any club. So forward planning is a given.”I suspect there will be a bit of a war chest available to Frank by the summertime, but unlike other clubs around us, such as Manchester United and maybe even Spurs, it doesn’t look like a whole new outfit is needed, just a few little jewels added to make the whole thing sparkle even more.”I wouldn’t be surprised however if the club takes precisely the opposite approach to previous seasons when these acquisitions are considered.”During the ‘Roman era’, how many world-class strikers of a certain age have come to the Bridge with, it has to be a said, varying levels of success? I almost can’t imagine Frank doing that, but I can imagine the scouts being sent out around the planet to find the next hot young thing who would fit into, or more likely grow into, this group and this system.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to throw a pass in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins is one of the most highly-coveted uncommitted passers in the class of 2016, and there isn’t a lot of clarity when it comes to the schools that he favors. Haskins, who has offers from most prominent programs, has recently visited his home state Maryland Terrapins as well as Rutgers, and has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin. None of that kept him from posting a Lion King meme, taking a shot at the Big Ten conference. His tweet also includes a curious Notre Dame hashtag. We’re not sure if he was sent the meme or if he made it himself, or what this says about the schools involved in his recruitment, but it is certainly interesting.#WeAreND pic.twitter.com/maYW9ofCiD— •Ⓜ️ay 3rd• Glo Day (@dh_simba7) May 4, 2015We wouldn’t read too much into this for now, but that probably won’t prevent recruitniks from over-analyzing it. In all likelihood, this was just a harmless joke sent in from a Notre Dame fan somewhere.