Somalia : Puntland authorities persecute former radio station manager

first_img News October 22, 2019 Somalia : Puntland authorities persecute former radio station manager SomaliaAfrica ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia After a police raid on the radio station, Mohamed was summoned to appear before a military court on 28 September but, because of an outcry about the case, the court ruled that it was not competent to try a civilian and issued an apology. The Puntland authorities nonetheless forced him to resign as Radio Daljir’s manager and finally arrested him. News Receive email alerts Also known as “Tallman,” Mohamed was due to appear in court yesterday in Garowe, Puntland’s capital, on charges of public incitement and defamation, but the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.  RSF already denounced the sharp decline in media freedom in Puntland in a press release on 24 September, two days after the information minister told journalists they would have to register with his ministry and threatened to revoke the accreditations of those who did not act in a sufficiently professional manner. In early September, he closed the Puntland Times news website after it covered a protest by ministry employees demanding back pay. Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed. Crédit : Nusoj February 24, 2021 Find out more Mohamed is the second journalist to be jailed in Somalia in the past few weeks. Freelancer Abdulkadir Barre Moallim has been held without any formal charge in Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern Bay region, since 25 September, after he covered a rally by opponents of the region’s president. Somalia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. SomaliaAfrica ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment center_img to go further March 2, 2021 Find out more The authorities have had Mohamed in their sights ever since early September, when his radio station, Radio Daljir, reported that a detainee had died as a result of having been tortured during police interrogation. Help by sharing this information RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the persecution of journalists in northeastern Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, including Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed, who has been held since his arrest on 17 October after being forced to stand down as the manager of a popular radio station. News January 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en “We strongly condemn the way the local authorities are persecuting this journalist and, indeed, all of Puntland’s independent media,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call on Somalia’s federal government and all of the country’s partners to put pressure on the Puntland authorities to release this journalist and to end their harassment of media outlets that try to perform a watchdog role.” Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalistslast_img read more

Pollinator Census

first_imgThe bees and other pollinators that fuel Georgia agriculture are crucial to the state’s economy, but no one really knows how many there are.In honor of National Honey Day, August 18, UGA Cooperative Extension is announcing an ambitious plan to gauge the size and effect of the state’s pollinator population.In 2019, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will undertake a first-of-its-kind statewide pollinator count — the Great Georgia Pollinator Census — to gauge the number of wild and domestic pollinators in the state, population distributions and health.The count will be held Aug. 23-24, 2019, in backyards, school gardens, city planters and forests across the state. After recruiting a team of volunteer citizen-scientists from across the state, UGA Extension will provide training on basic pollinator identification to prepare Georgians to count.”We are encouraging every Georgia citizen to get involved with this project. Counting criteria and training will be available through the website, and there will be events centered on the project across the state,” said Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school garden and pollinator census coordinator. “We are using this as an opportunity to educate Georgians about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitats while generating useful data about the types of pollinators in our state.”Those interested in counting should visit to sign up to participate and to find nearby events.“We will be one of the first states that counts all of its pollinators,” Griffin said. “This will be big.”Griffin modeled the program on the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science program run by Cornell University that asks people to count the birds they see in their backyard on a given winter day.The Great Georgia Pollinator Census will work similarly, but citizens will count bumblebees, carpenter bees, small bees, flies, wasps, butterflies and other insects.For a 15-minute period of time over the Aug. 23-24 time period, census takers will focus their attention on a plant in their yard or garden that is known to attract pollinators. They’ll submit their findings using a simple online form.Researchers will then use the aggregated data to learn about pollinator populations across the state.Griffin currently runs a smaller-scale pollinator census project at 50 school and community gardens across the state. In its second year, the pilot scale study has already helped Griffin identify some important differences between pollinators in urban and rural landscapes.“We saw some statistically significant differences in the distributions of carpenter bees and honeybees,” Griffin said. “There were differences between rural and urban areas for them, but we didn’t see any difference in the distribution of smaller bees and butterflies.”The school garden pollinator census project will ramp up its second year of counting now.The success of this pilot census project gave Griffin confidence that she could teach people across the state how to identify pollinators and enlist them for the statewide census project.To register to be a census taker, visit The Great Georgia Pollinator Census will also serve as the hub for learning about events and pollinator identification workshops across the state. Lesson plans and ideas for educators will be included on the website.UGA Extension will work with Great Georgia Pollinator Census partners to host events statewide. To date, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Monarchs Across Georgia are excited to partner with UGA for this project. Other partners will schedule events that will be posted on the website.For more information about how to support Georgia pollinators, visit read more

Senate passes Leahy’s Vermont road/bridge repair cost waivers for Irene’s aftermath

first_imgThe US Senate Tuesday approved a transportation budget bill that includes crucial cost waivers included in the bill by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which Governor Shumlin and others consider to be crucial to the repair and rebuilding of roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The vote on the bill was 69 to 30. The bill also includes Leahy’s truck weight provisions for Vermont, to move heavy trucks from smaller state roads, including roads crossing through the downtowns of several Vermont communities.  Following is a summary of the Leahy waiver provisions: Leahy worked to add $1.9 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to: Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds; Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;Receive 100 percent reimbursement for permanent repairs if total damage is more than double the state’s annual federal highway funding;Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days. Governor Shumlin has called the Leahy waivers a top priority for Vermont among many disaster-relief steps that are now pending before Congress. Shumlin said in a statement: ‘It is great news that the US Senate today passed the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill that included not only $1.9 billion to replenish the Federal Highway Disaster Relief fund, which will help to rebuild Vermont’s roads and bridges, but also the waivers needed to allow states including Vermont to receive full funding for repair work in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. I applaud the work of Senator Patrick Leahy, who introduced the waiver amendment that was passed, and Senator Bernie Sanders for their hard and successful work on this legislation. It is critical that these changes survive conference committee negotiations with the US House. “I am also pleased that the bill would permanently move heavy trucks off secondary roads and onto Interstate highways ‘ another priority for Vermont. That provision, also sponsored by Senator Leahy, is especially important to keep large trucks off smaller roads and bridges that were damaged in recent flooding.’ Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) issued the following statement: ‘This is an important step toward providing Vermont the help it needs and deserves to rebuild roads and bridges washed out by Hurricane Irene. I hope the House acts soon so communities in Vermont and other states devastated by the flooding may continue their recovery. The name of our country is the United States of America. If that name means anything, it means that when disaster strikes one part of the country, we rally as a nation to support each other.’The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to permanently move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the flooding disaster.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its Transportation Subcommittee, which handled the writing of the bill.The House is several steps behind the Senate in acting on their counterpart bill.  The transportation subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee approved their version of the bill on Sept. 8.  It does not include the provisions added by Leahy to the Senate’s bill.  The House bill goes next to the full Appropriations Committee and then to the House floor.  At some point, once the Senate and House have approved their separate bills, the differences will be ironed out in either a formal or informal House-Senate conference among the appropriators.   WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2011)last_img read more

BLOG: Republicans Say No To Funding State-Related Universities

first_imgBLOG: Republicans Say No To Funding State-Related Universities Schools That Teach,  The Blog We need a real budget – one that is balanced, fixes the deficit and invests in education at all levels. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders are still not serious about the budget.Today, they tried to enact new funding for the state-related universities without paying for it. This comes on the heels of their budget that was $500 million out of balance, would grow the deficit to over $2.3 billion and would have cut funding to K through 12 education by $95 million.Investing in higher education is important and Governor Wolf has been fighting to restore the cuts made by Republicans to education at all levels, including our state-related universities. The reality is that the Republican math does not add up.The time for political posturing is long over – it is time for House Republicans to pass a balanced budget that fixes the deficit and truly funds education. By: Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks).center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 11, 2016last_img read more

Walker returns to training

first_img Press Association The 24-year-old, capped 10 times by the Three Lions, has not featured for Spurs since the first leg of Europa League last-16 clash with Benfica on March 13. The abdominal issue resulted in Walker missing out on England’s World Cup squad and saw him undergo lower abdominal surgery in September – a move the north Londoners had initially hoped to avoid. England right-back Kyle Walker has returned to Tottenham training after eight months out with an abdominal injury. A first-team return is at last in sight for the full-back, though, after he started training with Tottenham again. “It’s great to be back out there with the lads,” Walker told the club’s official website, “I’m taking it one step at a time, doing things correctly as I’ve been told and I’ll see where I am in a couple of weeks. “Everything is good at the moment. I’ll be even happier when I’m back playing but that’s the final step.” Walker’s return to action will be boost for country and, in particular, club, who have struggled under head coach Mauricio Pochettino this term. Eric Dier and Kyle Naughton have filled in at right-back during his absence, while DeAndre Yedlin – signed in the summer but loaned back to Seattle Sounders – will soon provide further competition for the role. There is no timescale on when Walker will again take to the field, but he believes he will do so a better player. “I think I’ve matured as a player and a person and hopefully that will take me onto the next step in my career,” he said. “From my operation to my first day back in training was a 12-week programme and I didn’t miss a day’s work. “I thought to myself ‘I’m going to put my all into this’ and hopefully that will stand me in good stead in terms of training and then working my way back into the team. “I’m taking it slowly and hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back out there at White Hart Lane.” last_img read more