Mubarak’s departure must usher in new era for civil liberties

first_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation News A month after the fall of Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, today’s resignation by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is fuelling hopes for freedom and pluralism in this part of the world. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the news with satisfaction and caution, after two weeks of violent harassment of both the national and international media.“This symbolic first step must be followed through all the way to the creation of a real democracy in which journalists and netizens are no longer afraid to express their views, in which diversity of ideas and opinions no longer entails any risk of imprisonment, and in which the right to receive and impart news and information is truly respected,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said.Mubarak surrendered power to the armed forces supreme council. “We will not forget the attitude of the military, which fortunately refrained from crushing the popular uprising,” Julliard added. “Before transferring power to a civilian government after free and transparent elections, the armed forces must help to ensure the profound changes demanded by Egyptian society, including guarantees for media pluralism.”Photo: AFP EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Egypt News RSF_en center_img February 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mubarak’s departure must usher in new era for civil liberties January 22, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go furtherlast_img read more

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Ithaca Farmers Market returns to Steamboat Landing this weekend

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — In just a few days, the Ithaca Farmers Market will be bustling again on Steamboat Landing with vendors selling produce, handcrafted goods, and delicious food. The market officially kicks off its outdoor season Saturday, April 6.With increasing visitors and several waterfront development projects happening around Steamboat Landing, the market has announced it has some exciting updates of its own on the horizon — firstly, tuning up parking. During peak season, up to 8,000 people attend the market on an average weekend. Despite the traffic, the pavilion hasn’t been updated in quite a while. Silk Oak stall. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice Silk Oak stall. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca VoiceMarket Manager Becca Rimmel said updating the parking lot is their first priority. The lot in its current state wasn’t designed to handle the amount of traffic the market sees on a typical weekend. Plans for the lot include updating the design and installing a permanent surface that would allow for easier access by cars, buses, shuttle services, pedestrians, and others.“We’re hoping that we can make our parking lot so it’s easier for us to maintain, but also so that it’s more accessible and easier to navigate for folks,” said Rimmel. “We’re hoping to install some pickup and drop off areas, as well as reorientate the parking lot so people can see where they’re going.”Rimmel said she hopes the updates will make it more accessible for people with lower mobility to visit the market, as well as make it easier to quickly pick up groceries.Tracking Tompkins Development: Dive into the interactive project map Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Rae Harris is an intern at the Ithaca Voice and a staff writer for Buzzsaw Magazine. She will be graduating from Ithaca College with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in sociology in May 2019. Contact her… More by Rae Harris If all goes well with the parking lot, the market is considering to re-envision the actual pavilion to provide more support for vendors and community members. The market was built and updated by vendors, Rimmel said, and they will continue to have a large part in the design process to preserve the character of the market that Ithacans know and love. Community members will also have opportunities to participate. “I think a lot of customers don’t realize that our market is a cooperative, so anything that has changed here over the years has really been a project of the vendors that are selling here,” said Rimmel. Possible future updates to the pavilion include winterization, expansion, and improved event space, a news release from the Ithaca Farmers Market said.Additionally, services to support vendors and community members have been proposed such as additional business incubation services, a commercial kitchen, community educational activities, increased food access for vulnerable communities and more.File photo of 2018 market. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice File photo of 2018 market. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca VoiceRimmel said she thinks the market has a fantastic season ahead.“We have an amazing diversity of farmers, artisans, and chefs here. I’d say if folks are interested in coming out this weekend or next, we’ll have local musicians, as usual, and then we’ll have our old favorite vendors as well and some really fantastic new vendors,” said Rimel.So far, the weather looks good for Saturday. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures will be in the mid-50s and partly sunny.The Saturday market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Steamboat Landing at 545 Third St., and the Sunday market will start on May 5. The Dewitt Park market will begin April 30 and the East Hill Plaza market begins May 1. For more information visit www.ithacamarket.com. Tagged: ithaca, ithaca farmers market, summer, waterfront Rae Harris last_img read more

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Police Body Cam Video of Rayshard Brooks’ Shooting Released

first_imgWARNING: Video contains disturbing images and sound. Viewer discretion is advised.Atlanda, Georgia — The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office says the 27-year-old black man shot and killed by police in Atlanta on Friday, Rayshard Brooks’ death was a homicide.Brooks was shot twice in the back during an altercation with two officers who were trying to arrest him for DUI in a Wendy’s parking lot.The whole thing started with Brooks falling asleep in his car in the drive-through line at Wendy’s. The police were called, administered a sobriety test and then things escalated when they tried to make an arrest.Video from the scene shows Brooks in a scuffle with the arresting officers who attempt to us a TASER on him. Somehow Brooks got ahold of the stun gun and threw a punch at another officer before bolting. The officer’s pursued him and one officer fired his weapon when Brooks turned around and aimed the TASER at him.The Wendy’s where the shooting occurred was burned to the ground during protests Saturday night.“RIP Rayshard” is spray painted on a sign as as flames engulf a Wendy’s restaurant during protests Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Atlanta. The restaurant was where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police Friday evening following a struggle in the restaurant’s drive-thru line. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Also in the aftermath, one officer was fired and the police chief resigned. The terminated officer was identified as Garrett Rolfe, who was hired in October 2013, according to Atlanta Police Department Sergeant John Chafee. In addition to his wife, Brooks leaves behind three daughters and a step son.last_img read more

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Fair Haven Approves Dunkin’ Application; Resident Files Lawsuit

first_imgA lawsuit filed in county court in late July by nearby resident Andrew Reger challenges the ruling made by the defendant Fair Haven Zoning Board. Also named in the lawsuit is Fair Haven Retail, LLC, owner of the River Road Shopping Center. Cole also said she fears patrons will park on the opposite side of the road and run across to get to the shopping center, which can put them in danger of being struck by a vehicle. “It might be time for Fair Haven to figure out what it wants to be because we thought we were going to be a small town,” a biker-and walker-friendly area, she said. “But it seems at least some people, in particular the mayor, have a different plan in mind.” “Everybody who wanted to be heard was heard,” the mayor said. “The process worked and it worked well.” The planning board’s decision follows determinations by the zoning board and the zoning officer that the Dunkin’ establishment is a category-two restaurant, making it a permitted use in the borough’s B-1 zone. Objectors have argued it should be considered a category-three restaurant, or a drive-thru, which would deem it a non-permitted use in the zone. Much of the conversation that night centered on revised site plans for the shopping center to address traffic and safety concerns raised by board members and residents. One idea, presented by borough traffic engineer Betsy Dolan, was to turn the eastern driveway into a right-turn-only lane but it was ultimately rejected. By Allison Perrine The approval was delivered in a 7-2 vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting. “No” votes were cast by planning board chair Todd Lehder and councilwoman Betsy Koch, planning board liaison. Others, like resident Tracy Cole, were unhappy with the outcome, citing traffic impact concerns. At one time the borough had an ordinance banning fast-food establishments in Fair Haven, but it went missing during a recodification process in 2002. The borough is now working on a new ordinance to specifically ban drive-thru restaurants. FAIR HAVEN – Months of debate came to a head as the borough planning board approved a Dunkin’ coffee chain in the River Road Shopping Center. “I think congestion on River Road may force commuters to seek alternate routes through the residential neighborhoods at the same time of day our kids are going to school on bikes and walking,” Cole said. When asked about his feelings on the planning board’s decision, Mayor Benjamin J. Lucarelli said he was pleased that the matter came to a conclusion and that the planning board did an excellent job of exercising a democratic process. last_img read more

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Leafs outlast Braves in Super Bowl day shootout

first_imgThe Braves pushed the Leafs to the limit before losing a wild one Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena 8-7.The last time the Leafs met the Braves at home Spokane squeaked out a 3-2 win.Nelson, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins twice Thursday and Friday, now meet the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series.The teams open Friday in Castlegar before returning Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.The Rebels, following a weekend split against division leading Hawks, will finish second in the Murdoch and meet the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. The Nelson Leafs continue to build for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs after pulling off a weekend sweep against the weaker sisters in the Murdoch Division.However, the way the Spokane Braves have been playing the Leafs, maybe it’s a good thing the American team is heading off to meet Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs instead of the Green and White.last_img read more

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Killjoys play host to Babes during only stop of West Kootenay Roller Derby Saturday at NDCC Arena

first_imgSaturday’s opening West Kootenay Roller Derby tilt at the NDCC Arena in Nelson promises to be a grudge match of the ages.That’s because the last time Salmo’s Babes of Brutality and Nelson Killjoys met, the Heritage City squad came out the winner thanks to a technical error.“It is custom in the sport of roller derby to go over the officials paper work after a close bout to check that the score was added up correctly,” a Killjoys team spokesperson said of Saturday’s West Kootenay Roller Derby Doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. in the NDCC Arena in Nelson.“Low and behold there was discrepancy between the score board and the official paper work and the Killjoys reversed the final score by two points and took the win away from the celebrating Babes of Brutality.”The doubleheader is the only stop for the West Kootenay Roller Derby circuit has in Nelson. The night kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Killjoys hosting the Babes of Brutality.“Well if you were able to catch the last match up between the Babes and The Killjoys you would know that it was an all out grudge match,” a statement on the WKRD website said.At 7 p.m., the Slocan Valley Vendettas meet Castlegar Dam City Rollers.“This match is going to pretty much dictate the standings of the league,” a statement on the WKRD website said.“Game three for the Dams with two loses they need to win this bout. If (Dam City) lose its good by to the playoffs and time to start thinking about . . . after parties.”Tickets for can be purchased at Phat Angel or by going to http://www.kootenayrollerderby.comNext action on the WKRD circuit is (Saturday) June 29 when Rossland/Trail Roller girls host Mountain Town Maulers of Cranbrook.Bout time is 6 p.m. in Trail’s Cominco Arena.The West Kootenay Roller Derby League has five teams from Nelson, Trail/Rossland, Castlegar and the Slocan Valley. See the MVP’s of the month at http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/2013/06/mvp-of-the-month/last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson U18 Selects lost a tough one, 2-0 to Chilliwack in the final of the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in the South Okanagan City.The Silver Medal was the second time in two seasons the same group of players has won hardware against some of the best teams in the province, capturing the Bronze in 2014.Many of the girls played their final youth soccer match Sunday.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the hard work and dedication of the Nelson Youth Soccer U18 Girl’s with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, manager Tanis Bouchier, Maddie Sternloff, Darian Voisard, coach Justin Willans, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Paige Lefranc, Daina Shaw, Jena Wheeldon, Tara Yowek, coach Mike Gerun, Hailee Gerun, Kyra Burkhart, Naomi Perkins, Merissa Dawson, Paige Gattafoni, Allie Zondervan and Alex Dehnel. The Heritage City came ever so close to crowning a provincial champion this past weekend in Penticton.last_img read more

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DISTINCTIV PASSION DOMINATES WEATHER-REDUCED HERNANDEZ UNDER MALDONADO; BONDE TRAINEE GOES GATE TO WIRE AND WINS BY 4 ¼ LENGTHS IN RACE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED ON HILLSIDE TURF

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)–Transferred from the hillside turf course to the main track earlier in the day, Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes proved to be low-hanging fruit for trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion, as he dominated a field of four older horses in gate to wire fashion, winning by 4 ¼ lengths under Edwin Maldonado while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.33.One of the quickest horses on the grounds, the 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction weathered a driving rain and shook off runner-up Seeking the Sherif early through fractions of 21.58, 44.23 and 1:07.85 on a track labeled wet fast.With no show wagering, Distinctiv Passion was off at 3-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.40.“We were hoping this race would come off the turf,” said Maldonado. “We were hoping it would rain and then a few horses would scratch out of it. All of our prayers were answered when all the speed did scratch, so it was a nice easy pace. He was all by himself today.”Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion, who ran a disappointing fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes Jan. 31, improved his record to 15-7-1-4. The winner’s share of $45,480 increased his earnings to $393,660.“He’s a very versatile horse,” said Bonde when asked whether or not he had concerns about running on an off track. “I’m not opposed to running him anywhere. When he’s good, then I go. He’s one of my favorite horses.”While Distinctiv Passion broke from post position two, Seeking the Sherif, with Kayla Sta up, broke from the outside and was second the entire trip, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Chief Lion. Claimed out of a $62,500 win by trainer Gus Headley on Feb. 1, he was off at 5-2 and paid $2.60 to place.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016

first_imgRICK PORTER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “You never know. A lot of things can happen, especially the way they were talking about how she couldn’t lose today on TVG! You always worry about it.“It’s such a fantastic feeling when you get a horse like this. I’ve had some good ones, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had one this good. 2/2/2/2 -30- “Today was mostly about keeping her tuned. There’s two months between the Santa Anita Oaks and the Las Virgenes. Jerry and I talked and we felt that instead of working her to death, we would pick this race, even though a Grade III wasn’t the best thing but it turned out fine and she got plenty out of this race. They tried to challenge her. They went the first quarter in twenty-three and I thought, ‘this is fantastic!’ Then, when I saw forty-six . . . it doesn’t seem to bother her. Mike just has a way with her. He knows how to ride her just perfect.“I’ll be at Santa Anita for the Oaks. The good Lord willing, I’ll be there! Santa Anita is a good spot. I look forward to coming out there in April.” -more- JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “We just keep doing our job and hope she keeps doing her job and we might end up in some good places with her. We’ve already been to good places with her but we could get to more.“Not really (when asked if there is pressure in that she’s so popular and such a prohibitive betting favorite). There’s more pressure not having one like this. I’m very grateful to have this filly. I’m very grateful for (owner) Rick Porter and all the people who work with him.“The Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 9) would be next and if she looks real good, we’ll try to think about Kentucky (the Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6). I don’t like to think too far ahead but that’s our long-term goal. The intermediate (races) are what we’ve been doing.“I don’t do that (compare her to other great fillies he has trained). I don’t think it’s fair to her or any of the other great ones that I’ve had. They all had their own styles and individual personalities, so I accept her for what she is. She’s pretty special to me.”Do people who ask why she’s not going to run against males bother him? “No. That’s what they do on TV and the politicians. If you’re going to run in the big races you’ve got to expect people to look for things that might be vulnerable.“I don’t take anything for granted. I’m very grateful to win a race like this. I didn’t want to work her into the (Santa Anita) Oaks. I wanted to have a prep and we got the prep today.”center_img JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was incredible. I got a bit star struck when I looked over at the big screen to see if I needed to do a little bit of work and I was just in awe of how easily she was doing things, again. I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off the big screen. I told myself, ‘I better get back to it and stay on.’ She was really on her game.“Jerry has done such a tremendous job. Jerry, Dan and the whole crew have done such a good job of keeping this great filly really happy. I think she’s happy and getting happier every time I get on her. I’m just blessed that I get to keep the weight on her back. I hope I continue to stay on.“I think she got a whole lot more out of today then we would have in the a.m. She got to go a half mile in forty six. She had to do some work today but she’s really, really good. You can’t just go around there and not do any work because eventually someone is going to make you run at some point, and you have to be ready.“I could have let someone go to the lead today, but I didn’t because it was there and it was that easy for her. But if someone was that content on it, they’ll have to definitely run to be able to do it. She’ll let them do it, but they’ll have to throw some numbers up there but I don’t think it’d be a problem. She reminds me a lot of Beholder in her three-year-old year, turning four. When she was three, she was very aggressive, on the lead all the time. But she started to get smarter with age and Songbird seems to be doing the same thing.” NOTES: There was a minus place pool on the race of $4,900.37 and a minus show pool of $158,462.66.The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc. TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

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Centralised tender system ‘will root out corruption’

first_img17 February 2014Centralising the government’s tender system will go a long way towards rooting out corruption in South Africa’s public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.Speaking in an interview with national television, Zuma said the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easier to police corrupt officials.In his State of the Nation address last Thursday, Zuma said a central tender board would be established to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government. The board, he said, will work with the chief procurement officer, whose main function would be to check on pricing and adherence to procedures as well as fairness.“The problem is that if you spread the tender system across all spheres of government, you have got too many fingers everywhere. It is difficult to control that,” Zuma told the SABC on Sunday.Zuma said the problem with having too many panels deciding on their own tenders was that it exposed the system to infiltration by corrupt officials, which often led to people in the entire tender system being perceived to be corrupt.With the new system, corruption, if it occurred, would be limited to one board and relatively easy to investigate.Anti-corruption hotline ‘yielding results’In his State of the Nation address, Zuma said the campaign to clamp down on corruption in South Africa’ public service was yielding results.“Since the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline by the Public Service Commission, over 13 000 cases of corruption and maladministration have been referred to government departments for further handling and investigation,” Zuma said.Through the hotline, more than R320-million rand had been recovered from perpetrators, 1 542 officials had been dismissed from the public service and 204 officials prosecuted, Zuma reported.At the same time, the police’s Special Investigating Unit was busy investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by Zuma since 2009.“We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations,” Zuma said.In the first six months of last year, he added, the state’s Asset Forfeiture Unit had paid a total of R149-million into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account and to the victims of crime.“This is 170% above its target of R55-million and is higher than it has ever achieved in a full year.”Regarding corruption in the private sector, Zuma noted that the country’s competition authorities had investigated large-scale price fixing in the construction industry last year and fined guilty companies R1.4-billion.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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