News News Worse still, the release of Mahmoud Hussein, an Al Jazeera journalist detained since December 2016, was rescinded at the last moment at the end of May on the grounds that he was to be the subject of a new investigation. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes yesterday’s release of Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan, a blogger also known as “Mohamed Oxygen” who had been held since April 2018 for “disseminating false news.” But RSF points out that many other journalists are still imprisoned in Egypt. Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation August 1, 2019 Egyptian blogger known as “Mohamed Oxygen” finally released Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution As in Mohamed Oxygen’s case, a court has approved the release of Shorouq Amjad, a photographer held since April 2018, but he is still waiting to be freed. At the same time, a court has rescinded an order for the release of Badr Mohammed Badr, a freelance journalist held since March 2017. Instead his detention has been extended yet again. News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information A court ordered Radwan’s release on 22 July but he had to wait another nine days until the authorities finally released him from Tora prison last night and he remains under judicial control. His lawyer said he will have report to a police station twice a week and spend two hours there each time, answering questions and accounting for his activities. News “Mohamed Oxygen’s release ends more than a year of arbitrary detention for this blogger, but it must not distract from the fact that the only one name has been removed from the long list of journalists detained in Egypt,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “A journalist has been freed, but others still await release and others continue to be arrested.” RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Three more journalists have been arrested in the past few weeks: Hossam Monis of Al-Karama and Hisham Fouad on 25 June and Ahmed El-Leithy on 10 July. to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned
Truthis a fish. So speaks the hero of Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (Atlantic Books, £7.99) by Richard Flanagan, a novel by name, but in reality, an extended dramatic monologue. Sent to Australia for every crime you’d care to mention, Billie Gould is given the task by the prison surgeon, one of the many certifiable characters in the novel, to paint exotic fish for the Royal Academy back home in London.Despite being imprisoned in the Tasmanian settlement of Sarah Island, perhaps the most brutal in the whole British Empire in the first half of the nineteenth century, Gould maintains his honesty, integrity and most importantly, his sense of humour. His aim in the bleak world of beatings, rape and cells which flood every night is to paint the beauty of fish and the cruelty of men. As he writes in one of his early chapters, sorry, early fish, “I am William Buelow Gould… I tell you that I will try to show you everything, mad & cracked & bad as it was”.It is easy to spot stylistic similarities between Gould’s Book of Fish and Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda. In the descriptions of their shared homeland, both employ a nostalgic prose, the language always maintaining a poetic element (even when describing the way Gould tosses his turds at the prison warden). Likewise the use of a central metaphor around which the narrative revolves is common to both books. Carey chooses a glass church to reflect the vulnerability of the protagonist’s sense of self, one that is liable to crack at any moment while Flanagan, typically, invests something more prosaic, a blowfish for example, with a force of emotion quite unexpected.The juxtaposition of slimy sea creatures with the beautiful notions of love, truth and freedom lends itself toward bathos, and generally the tone of this novel, which breezes through racism, politics, and technological progress, maintains an objective distance through facetiousness.The humour, which ranges from the scatological to the satirical to the surreal (I wonder if the author’s mother liked the book’s dedication to her- “My mother is a fish”) is as integral to the style as is the use of Dickensian language and characterisation.Behind the humour, however, one finds a novel of great merit and depth, constructed in the most poetic language, and not at all about fish.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
West Coast soul ensemble Orgone always brings a ton of energy when they perform, and they recently had the opportunity to capture that energy. Taken at the Killion Sound studio in Los Angeles, CA, the new Live From Killion Sound series will see the band performing one-take live versions straight to tape of unreleased tunes and songs from the back catalog. With the crisp quality of Killion Sound, this series is sure to showcase Orgone’s talents.The first video from the new series features the band’s newest single, “Do What You Came To Do.” Released as a standalone 45 with Colemine Records on Record Store Day (purchase via Colemine/iTunes), Orgone infuses a soulful energy into the new track that can’t be denied.We’re honored to premiere the new “Do What You Came To Do” video from the Live From Killion Sound series, which features visual treatment and direction by long time collaborator Matt Bardocz. Sit back and enjoy!Orgone has a number of tour dates coming up, including a big Phish after party in Las Vegas, NV tomorrow night! The band has been in the studio as of late recording a new 45 for Colemine Records that will be released early 2017. They will follow that up with additional digital singles, as well as a new full length album later in the year. Check out their tour schedule below, and head to their official website for details.Orgone Tour Dates10.28: San Diego, CA ~ Winstons10.29: Las Vegas, NV ~ Topgolf inside MGM Grand – Phish Afterparty10.31: Ashland, OR ~ Ashland Armory / Spookadelic12.29: Santa Cruz, CA ~ Moe’s Alley12.30: Oakland, CA ~ The New Parish12.31: Chico, CA ~ Lost on Main02.27: Cancun, Mexico ~ Panic en la Playa
An undercover officer initially boughtfrom Bachoco a sachet of suspected shabu for P,1,500. ILOILO City – A taxi driver was arrestedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Buyo, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. Eleven more sachets of suspected illegaldrugs were seized during Bachoco’s arrest around 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, policesaid. The 42-year-old resident Bernard Bachocowas taken to the Santa Barbara police station. The suspect was detained. He faces chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN
BASKETBALL–City Oilers are a force to be reckoned with at the ongoing Zone V at MTN Arena, Lugogo in Kampala. A resounding 93-46 victory against Tanzanian Outfit Savio on opening day, preceded by annihilating HawassaCity 111-41 on Monday , on the interim , looked as just effortless for them. But City Oilers’s audacity to cajole title challengers Patriots 77-73 ignited talk of a genuine impression of potential Champions.The Rwandan Outfit, who had former Oiler’s big man Kami Kabenge as their chief protagonist matched the oilers for entirety but the latter’s gulf of class overcame the former’s grit and determination.Mandy Juruni’s star stubbed squad will then take care of pointdonors Gondar tonight with the ultimate reward a spot in the semis. And going by Gondar’s below-bar performances, in which Ethiopia’s representatives are searching for their first victory in as many games, City Oilers are odds on favorites to advance. Should City Oilers surmount the Gondar hurdle, as expected with consummate ease, they are likely face Kenyan side KPA, who play Tanzania’s Savio in the corresponding fixture. Of Course tougher tests lie ahead at the penultimate stage to test their mettle and resolve, principally with Uganda’s other representatives and perennial arch rivals Betway Power wining at will, and the two sides remain on collision course, but what is evident on paper and court of play thus far is that Oiler’s has assembled sheer quality which my take some stopping in the title race. The core of the 2016 Zone V winning team that had finished second in 2015 and third a year before is still in intact, except star player Kami Kabange who returned to his native Rwanda. And the club wholly exploited the tournament rules and regulations of using nationalized players by adding foreign based players Robinson OdochOpong, Stanley Ociti, A’darius Pegeus and Jordan Mayez. They have seamlessly added poise and guile in team dominated by locally based players.Mandy Juruni ‘s side boast multifaceted players who can conjure points from a variety of means and identities. “ Of course the quality is too much. Our ambition is to defend the trophy and we can only achieve it by remaining focused for the rest of the tournament. We have started well , and hopefully the commitment remains.”Comments
The Australian government has announced it will build a $A5bn ($US3.77bn) airport in Western Sydney after the private company that runs Sydney Airport declined to take up the right to build it.Sydney Airport Group had a first right of refusal to build Sydney’s second airport, which has been a hot political issue for years, but was widely tipped to decline the project.The airport group said it made the decision after considering feedback about the costs of the project as well as from investors. It has also taken into account the outcome of its own evaluation.“Sydney Airport’s decision not to accept the Western Sydney Airport Notice of Intention on the terms provided is in the best interests of our investors who represent millions of Australians through their superannuation funds,’’ Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said. “Despite the opportunities that WSA will present, the risks associated with the development and operation of WSA are considerable and endure for many decades without commensurate returns for our investors.’’A statement from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office said details of the government’s plans to build the airport would be announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison in next week’s federal budget.“It is a vitally important project for Western Sydney, for Sydney, and the nation, which is why the Coalition Government ended decades of indecision by committing to the project in 2014,’’ the statement said.“The Government has worked carefully to meet our obligations and we have been planning for either contingency – acceptance or rejection by Sydney Airport Group. We are well positioned to move forward on terms that are consistent with the terms of the Notice of Intention.“The airport will be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in Western Sydney, injecting more than $1.9 billion into the economy during the construction phase alone. It is expected to deliver 9,000 new jobs to Western Sydney by the early 2030s, and 60,000 in the long-term.”The first stage of the airport is expected to feature a terminal capable of handling up to 10 million domestic and international passengers a year with a single 3,700m runway. It is expected to be operational by the middle of next decade with leisure carriers likely to feature highly among its initial customers.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission argued the consumer benefits of an independently owned second Sydney airport in a March report which highlighted the high profit margins earned by Australia’s big four airports “A second international airport competing with Sydney Airport will yield significant benefits to both consumers and airlines,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.“On the other hand, a common owner of the two airports would have an incentive to restrict investment and delay the new airport in order to maximise returns from its existing assets.“If Sydney Airport does not build and operate the new airport, the Government can build the airport and sell the assets once it is already established.”NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian welcomed the federal government commitment to build the airport. “We are certainly doing our part in investing hundreds of millions of dollars in projects around the precinct already and we will do all we can to make sure it is built as quickly as possible,” she said.The State’s Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, said work was already underway for major road and transport infrastructure to prepare for the airport’s delivery.“With work well progressed on the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan to build new roads and upgrade local roads across seven local government areas, we are also scoping the work to connect the Western Sydney Airport by rail,” he said.One issue certain to be the subject of dispute are the flight paths servicing the airport. A final determination has yet to be made but indicative flight paths released in 2016 caused a furore among communities near the project. There have also been arguments about whether the airport should be subject to a curfew.
As technology introduces more and more options, wearables that monitor various health and wellness factors in individuals are quickly becoming a popular focus in the tech world.Things such as onesies that monitor a baby’s sleeping and sports bras that track workouts are starting to enter the market, but the electronic components can be so fragile, that their practicality comes into question. That is where the University of California, San Diego has stepped in with a major breakthrough in the wearable world that may solve this problem.See Also: What will the wearables of the future look like?A nano-engineering team at the University of California has developed ink made from ground neodymium magnets. When a gadget comprised of this ink is damaged and splits apart, the particles attract one another and repair the gap. During testing, tears up to 3 millimeters long healed themselves in milliseconds.Amay Bandodkar, one of the individuals who helped with this project, said the breakthrough could extend the life of wearable technology.“If you’re wearing a device on your skin and it gets broken as you move around, you don’t have to throw it away. Within a few seconds it’s going to self-heal, and you can use it over and over again,” explained Amay Bandodkar.Magnetic ink might be better for the planetThe team used neodymium magnets, located in hard drives and refrigerator magnets, and ground them up into the ink, which is what makes the ink super-magnetic.According to Bandodkar, there are many purposes for this ink. It is cheap, and would contribute towards the sustainability of wearable technology. It could be used in batteries and electrochemical sensors as well as circuits.As much technology today is considered disposable and is often limited in its recyclability, this could be a key way to keep some of this wearable tech out of landfills. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#magnetic ink#University of California#wearables Related Posts Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani
Adrian, who also has four Olympic gold medals as a member of US relay teams, said his illness had been diagnosed early.“We caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good,” Adrian wrote. “I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAdrian has appeared in three Olympics, in 2008, 2012 and 2016, winning eight medals in total. He has also won 11 world championship medals throughout his career.Adrian meanwhile used news of his illness to encourage men to seek regular check-ups for their health. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore potential warning signs, and put off getting medical help we need,” Adrian wrote. “I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss China hunts for Marcello Lippi successor after Asian Cup ‘fiasco’ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – Nathan Adrian prepares to warm up during the Swimming Winter National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on December 1, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian said Thursday he has testicular cancer but is confident of recovery and wants to compete at the 2020 Tokyo games.In a statement on Twitter, the 30-year-old 2012 100m freestyle gold medallist said he expects to be back swimming within “weeks” after starting treatment.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ