SYRIA: NGOs write to UN about Syrian journalist’s disappearance five years ago

first_img RSF_en December 11, 2018 SYRIA: NGOs write to UN about Syrian journalist’s disappearance five years ago Zaitouneh and her three colleagues – Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada – were abducted on 9 December 2013 from the Violations Documentation Centre in Douma, a Damascus suburb controlled by rebel forces at the time. Since then, no information has emerged about their fate. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 14 other human rights NGOs have sent a joint letter to the United Nations on the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Syrian journalist and human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh and three of her colleagues, calling for an investigation into their fate. The joint letter by the 15 NGOs can be read here. March 12, 2021 Find out more Related documents syria_-_07_december_2018_en._f.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 2.41 MB News News Zaitouneh’s family has created a website where her most important articles can be read.  Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists to go further Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression The joint letter calls on the UN, all international and regional actors involved in Syria and all parties to the Syrian conflict to actively facilitate an investigation into what happened to these four human rights defenders. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reagan’s longtime secretary of state George P. Shultz dies

first_img Facebook FILE – In this July 13, 1982, file photo Secretary of State designate George Shultz, right, speaks with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prior to the start of the afternoon session of the panel on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Charles Percy, R-Ill., chairman of the panel and Sen. Edward Zorinsky, D-Neb. Twitter Reagan’s longtime secretary of state George P. Shultz dies Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 TAGS  WhatsApp Local NewsUS News Pinterest Previous articleManning and Lynch join together for a 3rd career highlightNext articleBiden: China should expect `extreme competition’ from US Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img

Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination: One State Leader

first_imgFighting Prejudice and Discrimination: One State Leaderwritten by Gail Riecken, City-County Observer Statehouse Editor State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick held a press event recently to talk about her plans for 2019. She made surprising announcements, one which made the headlines.Noting the trauma LGBTQ students can face in school, including being rejected by a school, McCormick said she cares for her students and wants to help them. She announced this regarding school voucher awards ( theStatehousefile, Oct 2):“This is one that we feel is very important,” McCormick said. “We don’t think any school that takes public dollars should be excluding any of our kids.”What a groundbreaking statement from her in her position; I am disappointed she isn’t running again. Her elected position’s support for LGBTQ students could help improve the school environment for LGBTQ students throughout Indiana, even when there is no prejudice against LGBTQ students attending a certain school, which brings up EVSC.I don’t know what the circumstances are in our EVSC school environment, but Wally Paynter does. He gave an impassioned speech at an NAACP press event this August.Paynter said he had been repeatedly denied an audience with the EVSC Superintendent to discuss LGBTQ issues. He praised school principals, who were trying to support LGBTQ students, and as he said wanted support from their Superintendent.Although Paynter’s plea was a small part of the NAACP press event, as with McCormick’s announcement about LGBTQ students in her 2019 plans, the topic of discrimination and prejudice reminded me of where our country was when the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968. There was a great deal of unrest in our country at that time.Although we are certainly not at the place we were in the sixties, we should have learned something about the extreme cost to society of discrimination and denial of cultural problems by our leadership when we don’t do something positive to address them.You know I am including the country’s divisiveness over the present Supreme Court appointment. At least President Lyndon B. Johnson had the right attitude back then. He addressed discrimination and prejudice positively with the Fair Housing Act. Today, we have a President spitting out derogatory remarks about women who report sexual assault.This year is the 50th Anniversary of that landmark legislation, the Fair Housing Act of 1968. We have come a long way in the fight for equality and fairness, but we still aren’t there for everyone.Whether it is LGBTQ rights or respecting women, let’s pray we have leadership in Indiana and in the White House that understands the importance of addressing positively those issue of prejudice and discrimination.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Antibiotics Regulations

first_imgThe market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1.The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers from including medically important antibiotics in livestock feed without veterinary oversight. The change will likely have a positive economic impact on farmers who don’t currently use these classes of antimicrobials in their animals’ feed, said Brent Credille, assistant professor of beef production medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.In addition to seeking guidance from a veterinarian before introducing medically important antibiotics into livestock feed, the rule change prohibits the inclusion of medically important antibiotics in feed for the purpose of promoting growth.Credille explained the new rules to more than 150 farmers and agribusiness leaders gathered at the UGA Center for Continuing Education for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast seminar.These new FDA regulations are a move toward a greater antibiotic stewardship push meant to deter the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Credille said. About 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and about 23,000 die from those infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The FDA already has firm waiting period regulations to allow antibiotics to clear animals’ bodies before they can be sent for slaughter to minimize any residue in the meat you buy. However, the use of antibiotics and the evolutionary pressure they put on bacterial communities has led to resistance. Antibiotic resistance has been driven by the overuse of antibiotic drugs in humans and in animals. Studies have shown that about 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed to human patients are unwarranted, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.U.S. Department of Agriculture economists project that the small number of livestock producers using antibiotics for growth promotion in 2016 will see their production costs go up by 1 to 3 percent and will see the wholesale prices they receive for their animals go up by 1 percent.Farmers who don’t use antibiotics for growth promotion will see increased revenues.“If you’re not using these drugs for production purposes, (you’ll) see an increase in production and higher revenues in response to (these changes),” Credille said. “So if we’re not using these things, we’re going to be OK.”Credille does believe that the FDA will soon expand the regulations to require farmers to receive some guidance from a veterinarian before administering antibiotics to their animals orally or by injection.  “We do think that more restrictive regulations are coming,” Credille said. “We’ve got to look at different strategies to maximize animal health … We’ve got to focus on biosecurity. We’ve got to focus on vaccinations, deworming and preconditioning. It has to become a priority for us to make sure that we have access to the markets we need to have access to.”The majority of antibiotics used in feed on cow-calf production today are used to prevent respiratory infections in young calves. Antibiotics are also used to prevent respiratory infections in poultry and swine. They’re administered on a case-by-case basis for problems like pink eye and respiratory tract infections — the same reasons they’re often prescribed to humans.Credille told the farmers in the crowd at the Ag Forecast to develop a relationship with a veterinarian who can approve treatment plans for livestock if the need arises. Farmers don’t want to be mired in red tape when their animals are sick, so it’s important to develop a relationship with a veterinarian before illness strikes, he said.“We need to focus on antimicrobial stewardship,” Credille said. “Is there something that’s not antibiotic that would work just as well? Could we use something to prevent the disease instead of just treating cattle all the time?“Antimicrobial stewardship means preventing disease, and when we do have sickness, that we diagnose it quickly and accurately.”The new regulations will also mean that Georgia will need more large animal veterinarians in agricultural regions to help farmers develop treatment and health plans for their herds or flocks.The Georgia Department of Agriculture launched a program this year to offer student loan repayment programs for veterinarians who agree to serve in one of the more than 100 Georgia counties that is currently underserved. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Science and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine also offer very generous scholarship for students who want to work as food animal veterinarians. For more information about those programs visit http://students.caes.uga.edu/undergraduate/pre-professional/favip.html.For more information on other topics discussed at UGA’s 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast, visit tinyurl.com/2017AgForecast. For more information about the FDA’s veterinary feed directive, visit FDA.gov.last_img read more

IMCA.TV back in big way to broadcast Prelude, Super Nationals

first_imgIf these surprises were not enough, the Biggest Week in Racing kicks off in style with the Prelude to the Super Nationals broadcast for free on the IMCA.TV YouTube in 2019! As has been the norm for eight years, every lap will be broadcast live on IMCA.TV for the entire week. In 2019 some major changes take place. The entire week of racing, for the first time ever, is included in the $34.99 monthly subscription and $349.99 yearly subscription, a generous cost savings for the racing fan.  Get more information on an IMCA.TV Subscription at: www.imca.tv.  In addition the website, viewers can also stream on Official Mobile and Tablet Apps, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV Apps.center_img BOONE, Iowa – IMCA.TV returns to broadcast the 2019 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in a big way.  The 37th annual Super Nationals is Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway. Date for the Prelude is Aug. 31.last_img read more

Major increase in ‘Champs’ expense

first_imgThe Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will have to dip deeper into its pockets to stage this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, with the 2016 budget climbing by over $13 million when compared to last year.Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, ISSA President, Dr Walton Small, told The Gleaner that it will cost the organisers well over $80 million to stage this year’s showpiece event, an increase on the approximately $67 million that it cost to execute last year’s ‘Champs’.Title sponsors GraceKennedy has certainly thrown their support behind the event, pumping $54 million directly into this year’s event as a part of a wider $100-million investment, with FLOW strengthening their partnership as exclusive telecoms sponsors with an $81-million injection, which covers the next three years.Small underlined security, which has increased from approximately $8 million to over $10 million this year, along with venue rental, food and electrical/information systems as the major expenses being undertaken.COSTS ARE UP”Last year, it was about $67 million in terms of cost to stage Champs, and it has increased to over $80 million,” Small noted. “Just in terms of the appreciation of the whole business of security, we have put in some serious money towards security; rental of the stadium has gone up, the expense of the food has also increased.”The electronic aspect of Champs has really stepped up in terms of cost. We wanted the improvements, for instance, around Stadium East, we are putting in additional systems over there so that the coaches and students can be comfortable,” said Small.Still, Small said he is comfortable with the level of readiness heading into the March 15-19 championships.”We are extremely pleased. Last year with the patrons not being able to come in really had a damper on the entire ISSA organisation, and we have gone all out to change that,” he said.Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy, spoke to the company’s efforts to improve the event and outlined several initiatives.The title sponsors will be awarding $25,000 for each new record to team or individual. The funds will go towards an approved school project to be identified by the record-breaking team or individual.GraceKennedy will also be rolling out a high-school affinity credit card programme through its subsidiary, First Global Bank, which will not only give cardholders special school-branded cards, but will also provide them with an opportunity to give back to their alma mater as well, through its reward set-up. This programme will be launched on March 15.DREAM FUND PROMOTIONHe also spoke on the company’s Dream Fund promotion, which will see $5 million raised to assist three schools – one from each county, with the purchasing of equipment.FLOW’s sponsorship manager, Stephen Miller, noted his company’s wide-ranging sponsorship of sport and its commitment to these championships over the years.”We have provided total commitment for the past 12 years of more than $200 million,” he stated. “I also want to bring to your attention the ongoing efforts to assist some of our top schools to prepare for competing by offsetting some of the cost that they face.”Through our Journey to Champs programme, we have committed an additional $1 million this year in direct donation to the top-performing schools which will be participating in this year’s competition,” added Miller.Chairman of the organising committee, Colleen Montaque, announced that tickets will go on sale on March 12.Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on the opening day of the championships.On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections). The price increases to $500 and $350 for students in uniform for bleachers tickets for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for 3,500.Saturday’s marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.last_img read more

Valencia sets the pace

first_imgA look at the Santa Clarita Valley prep volleyball season: Team of the Year: Valencia. The Vikings swept through Foothill League play undefeated to claim their fourth consecutive title. After spending the regular season ranked high in the Southern Section Div I-AA poll, Valencia matched its deepest playoff run by advancing to the quarterfinals. The Vikings (27-4) established their power early, defeating Thousand Oaks in the season opener. No other team beat Thousand Oaks until the Div. I-A semifinal, in which the third-seeded Lancers lost to El Toro of Lake Forest. Taryn Robertson, Lauren Wells, Asha Kakonde and Nicole Piva were among Valencia players planning to continue their careers in college next year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Player of the Year: Taryn Robertson, Valencia. Roberston was at the heart of the Vikings’ string of titles and will be one of the hardest players to replace. The UC Irvine-bound senior setter was bothered most of the season by a wrist injury, but she remained the dominant force that had made her league MVP as a junior. Coach of the Year: Ray Sanchez, Valencia. In a league full of new coaches, Sanchez was the veteran who continued to build a powerhouse. He’s been at the helm for each of the Vikings’ league titles. Biggest surprise: Saugus. The Centurions hadn’t qualified for the postseason the previous two years, but under new coach Zach Ambrose, they developed into a Div. I-A quarterfinalist. It took top-seeded Los Alamitos to end Saugus’ run. Despite losing leading hitter Lauren Bradley to a knee injury for a few weeks late in the season, the Centurions (14-5) finished strong, defeating Canyon in the Foothill League finale to climb into second place. Saugus’ other standouts included junior setter Stephanie Shardlow, Michall Piana, and Megan Thorpe. Biggest disappointment: Hart. The Indians went from a promising 4-0 start to not qualifying for the playoffs. The team anticipated growing pains adjusting to a new coach, but Hart didn’t consistently display the potential it showed against more experienced Valencia. The Indians did what few Foothill teams could, taking Valencia to four games in both meetings. Biggest nemesis: Lakewood. Although few others have figured out how to beat Valencia in recent years, Lakewood has no problem doing so. For the second year in a row, Lakewood ended the Vikings’ season in the quarterfinals. The Lancers also had a four-game victory over Valencia during a nonleague match in September. Looking ahead: Valencia graduates seven seniors, so the rest of the league might finally get to play for something other than second place. The Vikings still won’t be a pushover, and neither will the league. Saugus, Canyon and Hart return significant talent and will have had a year to better learn the systems of this season’s first-year coaches. With a healthy Bradley, Saugus should be a threat to surpass this year’s quarterfinal appearance. Burbank and Burroughs of Burbank will move to the Pacific League after years in the Foothill cellar. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers tricks Nick Bosa, but 49ers rookie gets last laugh

first_imgHowever brief the satisfaction may have lasted, Aaron Rodgers finally got the best of one of the Bosa brothers on Sunday night.The 35-year-old Packers quarterback showed off his guile with a terrific play-fake that left 49ers star rookie Nick Bosa looking lost on a first-half play.“Sunday Night Football” analyst Cris Collinsworth laughed after watching the replay of Rodgers faking out Bosa for a 4-yard gain — “He didn’t even realized Rodgers had the ball” — but it was one of the rare positive …last_img

Gallery: Brand South Africa in Davos – the campaign

first_imgBrand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January 2010, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The following adverts supported the campaign.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image. BRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOS PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 THE CAMPAIGN More galleries: For more great South African photography, including the Proteas jetting off to the ICC World Cup, grassroots football, Nelson Mandela meeting Bafana Bafana, high-rise office buildings in Sandton, and South Africa’s new ape-man fossil – visit the Media Club South Africa gallery page.last_img

Latest tenders

first_imgBSA/021/2016: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES• BID NUMBER: BSA/021/2016• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF RECRUITMENT AGENCIES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 16 MAY 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENTBSA/020/2016: SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE PROVISION OF SKILLS AUDIT• BID NUMBER: BSA/020/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE PROVISION OF SKILLS AUDIT FOR THE PERIOD OF THREE YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 16 MAY 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENTClosed TendersBSA/019/2016: PANEL OF BRAND AGENCIES• BID NUMBER: BSA/019/2016• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF PANEL OF BRAND AGENCIES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/018/2016: DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT• BID NUMBER: BSA/018/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION OF 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/017/2016: STRATEGIC PLANNING• BID NUMBER: BSA/017/2016• DESCRIPTION: THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO CONDUCT A STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION AND TO DEVELOP THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND ANNUAL PERFORMANCE PLAN (2017/2022) DOCUMENTS FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: : 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/016/2016: COURIER SERVICES• BID NUMBER: BSA/016/2016• DESCRIPTION:PROVISION OF COURIER SERVICES FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS ON “AS AND WHEN REQUIRED BASIS”• CLOSING DATE: 01 APRIL 2016• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS BSA/015/2015: WEBSITE REDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT• BID NUMBER: BSA/015/2015• DESCRIPTION: THE PROVISION OF WEBSITE REDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF BRAND SOUTH AFRICA’S WEBSITE PROPERTIES• CLOSING DATE: 22 December 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDER BSA/014/2015: ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTION• BID NUMBER: BSA/014/2015• DESCRIPTION: THE PROVISION OF AN ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) SOLUTION IMPLEMENTED IN PHASES FOR BRAND SOUTH AFRICA• CLOSING DATE: 02 November 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS Latest tender advertisement – July 2015 • DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT BSA/011/2015: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT • BID NUMBER: BSA/011/2015• DESCRIPTION: PROVISION OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND REPUTATION AGENCY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT BSA/013/2015: MANAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR PERCEPTIONS RESEARCH • BID NUMBER: BSA/013/2015• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO MANAGE INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR PERCEPTIONS RESEARCH STUDY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDER BSA/012/2015: DEVELOP BRAND SA’S ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY, MAINTAIN, UPDATE AND PRINT THE CI TOOLKIT • BID NUMBER: BSA/012/2015• DESCRIPTION: APPOINTMENT OF A SERVICE PROVIDER TO DEVELOP BRAND SA’S ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY, MAINTAIN, UPDATE AND PRINT THE CI TOOLKIT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS• CLOSING DATE: 11 August 2015• CLOSING TIME: 11:00• DOWNLOAD TENDER DOCUMENT• DOWNLOAD LIST OF BIDDERS• AWARDED BIDDERlast_img read more