We publish photos of journalist beaten by National Guard while detained

first_img Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Organisation GambiaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today published photographs showing the marks left on the body of a journalist from the blows he received from members of the National Guard while detained earlier this year in Gambia, where two journalists are still in detention. The journalist’s identity and the circumstances of his imprisonment are known to Reporters Without Borders but are being withheld to protect him. Gambia’s National Guard is an elite corps that is under President Yahya Jammeh’s direct orders and has its headquarters next to the presidential building.Reporters Without Borders calls on the African Union, the European Union, the United States and Taiwan – Gambia’s leading political and economic partners – to do everything possible to bring the Jammeh regime’s increasingly authoritarian excesses to an end.“The publication of these photos is an appeal for help,” the organisation said. “Gambia is sinking into violence and despotism. Some political detainees are clearly being brutally treated by the Gambian National Guard. The international community, including the leading African democracies, can no longer remain silent. We believe that the Jammeh government is not fit to host the African Union summit, and that the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) should leave Banjul.”The most recent journalist to be arrested in Gambia was Lamin Cham, a BBC stringer and former editor of the Daily Observer, who was detained by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on 27 May and was released today without being charged. Malick Mboob, a former reporter with the privately-owned Daily Observer and now the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital’s spokesman, was arrested on 26 May and is being held at NIA headquarters in Banjul. Cham and Mboob were picked up after their names appeared on a list of subscribers to Freedom Newspaper, an opposition news website edited by Pa Nderry Mbai, a Gambian journalist living in self-imposed exile in the United States. After someone hacked into the website, the list was published in Gambia by the pro-government Daily Observer under the headline, “Freedom Newspaper informers exposed.”The police are reportedly searching for other journalists including Omar Bah, for whom a wanted notice has been issued. Bar was the Daily Observer’s editor until he was fired last October and replaced by a Jammeh loyalist.The other journalist currently held is Lamin Fatty of the privately-owned bi-weekly The Independent, who was arrested at his home by police on 12 April and was not allowed to see a lawyer for more than a month. He was charged on 24 May with “publishing false news” under a draconian press law providing for heavy prison sentences. Despite the protests of local and international press freedom groups, the law was adopted in 2004, on the eve of the murder of Deyda Hydara, the co-editor of the tri-weekly The Point and correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Reporters Without Borders. January 27, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today published photographs showing the marks left on the body of a journalist from the blows he received from members of the National Guard while detained earlier this year in Gambia, where two journalists are still in detention. News July 23, 2019 Find out more Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Help by sharing this information June 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 We publish photos of journalist beaten by National Guard while detained News August 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia GambiaAfrica Receive email alerts Follow the news on Gambialast_img read more

Fundraiser to be held Sept. 28 to help Vanda Neely pay for husband’s medical expenses

first_imgPhoto caption: Vanda Neely (second right) is shown with her Wellington Donut Shop friends, from left, Eric Lansden, Elaine Freeman, Wendell Freeman, Neely and Joyce Utt. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 360 weeks ago Praying for a speedy recovery for Randy…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Vanda Neely, a recent recipient of the 2013 Professional Women’s Business Award, is in need of your help.Neely’s husband Randy was in a trucking accident on July 16. He is currently in the Arkansas Rehab Center and is slowly recovering from head trauma. It’s going to be a long road for Randy to recover.People may remember that Randy used to work at the Wellington Farmers’ Co-op and has many friends and farmers whom he worked with in the area.On Saturday, Sept. 28 there will be a fundraiser to help the Neelys with medical expenses from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Daylight Donut Shop in downtown Wellington. There will be a meal with drink and dessert. Throughout the meal there will be a K-State Memorabilia Silent Auction which will end at 7 p.m.“Come out and show your purple pride for this great town we live in,” said Debra Sisson, who is helping organize the event.last_img read more

WRITING ON THE WALL FOR MAN WHO SPRAYED ‘UP THE DUBS’

first_imgA man turned up to complete a community service stint with a can of beer in his hand and spray-painted ‘Up The Dubs” on a wall.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Karl Ryan, 44, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after his community service duration had been revoked by the probation services. Ryan of Burwood, Buncrana, apologised saying “I’m sorry about that and it will never happened again.”His solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said the writing on the wall “could have been worse.”He also revealed that Ryan was a full-time carer for a friend and if he received a prison sentence, she would lose the house.He asked Judge Paul Kelly to give Ryan one more chance.Judge Kelly put the matter to Ms Lennox of the Probation Services who said she believed Ryan was no longer drinking.The case was put back until February but Judge Kelly warned Ryan that he had better behave himself.WRITING ON THE WALL FOR MAN WHO SPRAYED ‘UP THE DUBS’ was last modified: November 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Karl Ryanprobation reportsprayedUp The Dubslast_img read more

‘Thrilled and relieved’ – Mark English to compete at Worlds in Doha

first_imgTHREE-TIME European medalist Mark English will compete at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha after all – and described himself as ‘thrilled and relieved’ at the news.English’s chances looked to be over with the IAAF’s start lists not including the name of the Letterkenny man.English – who was .04 seconds away from the qualifying time last month – has received confirmation tonight that he has been invited via the quota system. Just this morning, English had hit out at the selection process, but the 26-year-old has got his chance at a fourth World Championships of his career.Earlier this year, English won bronze at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow and followed that up with his latest Irish senior 800m title.The UCD AC man, who qualified as a doctor this year, ran 1:45.98 to win an 800m in England last month having come from nowhere to take an eye-catching 1:45.94 win at a Diamond League meet in Birmingham.English confirmed his selection on Twitter. A long day but I’ve finally been selected for @IAAFDoha2019 World Championships. Thrilled and relieved. Looking forward to joining a strong @irishathletics team.— Mark English (@markenglish_) September 20, 2019 ‘Thrilled and relieved’ – Mark English to compete at Worlds in Doha was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 World Athletics ChampionshipsdohaIAAFletterkennymark englishlast_img read more

Wolfe Island Passive: Heat Recovery Ventilation

first_imgEditor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. Still not running at peak efficiencyWe are recording temperature levels for a project at Algonquin College, but that data won’t be available until it’s downloaded from the recorders. In the meantime, we are just keeping an eye on performance using simple thermometers, particularly when it’s cold outside. And last night, it was very cold outside.When we got up, the external thermometer was reading -15ºC (5ºF), so it could have been even colder during the night, and the winds have been fierce here, so the effective temperature would have been around -25ºC (-13ºF). When we woke up, the temperature inside was 14ºC (57.2ºF) upstairs and 16ºC (60.8ºF) downstairs. With some sunlight in the morning and a few hours of an additional 1-kW heater, this was soon up to 19ºC (66.2ºF) downstairs and 18ºC (64.4ºF) upstairs, and it has pretty much stayed that way since, as the winds blow around the house.This is pretty good. But we shouldn’t need the additional heater, and until we resolve the problem with the Motura door, one way or another, we will not be able to get the more consistently warm temperature levels we would like. It’s certainly not cold — it’s very comfortable — but the house is not yet operating at its optimum. Adding the heating element as cold weather arrivesWe finally had the little Thermolec 2-kilowatt heating element installed in the HRV intake in December, months after the system was installed, but just in time for a cold snap.Finding a path for the many ventilation tubes that go along with an HRV isn’t always easy.This element is a bit like a toaster and heats the air coming into the HRV manifold that distributes heat around the house. It is controlled via a thermostat, which is downstairs and not too far away from the kitchen. We are aware that it’s likely to be a bit warmer there than elsewhere, so we keep it at 20ºC (68ºF) knowing this is likely to mean 18ºC (64.4ºF) on average around the rest of the house.All the other heat comes from passive solar, i.e. the south-side windows, but it’s been quite dull recently, so that has not been such a big factor. In addition, we’ve been having further problems with the Motura sliding door. We already had to have it taken off and some new sealing rubber put on, but it’s still not tight.This was not apparent in the recent blower-door tests, we think, because when you pressurize the air inside the house, the sliding door would have been pushed outwards, against the seals. However, at other times, this is not the case, and the higher we have the HRV settings the looser it gets.Compared to most houses, it’s not at all bad, but there is still an appreciable draft around the edges of the sliding door. We have contacted the supplier and await some advice. We might just push some of the left-over rubber gasket from the CLT construction into the edges and tape them up, just for the winter. BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD Siding and a PorchReady for RoofingAdding the Insulation Building With Cross-Laminated TimberWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesThe EnvelopeWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction RELATED ARTICLES Designing a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERVAre HRVs Cost-Effective?Green Basics: Balanced Ventilationcenter_img A footnote on our ventilation systemThere was an unexpected development with what we had thought was our HRV. Malcolm Isaacs of the Canadian Passive House Institute had stopped by to carry out the second, and we hoped final, blower-door test and make some final tweaks to the ventilation system to make sure it was correctly balanced.While he was there, we discovered one curious thing: our “HRV” actually appears to have an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) core. This means that actually, it not only uses a heat exchanger to transfer heat from the outgoing exhaust air to the incoming fresh air, thereby keeping the air in the house both warm, but also balances the humidity. This is interesting, not least because we only paid for an HRV, so far as we know.What we now think is that Pinwheel, the retailer from whom we bought the HRV, already knew when we bought it that they were going to stop being the Ontario dealer for Zehnder (they officially stopped at the end of 2016), and therefore were selling off whatever units they had in stock. They probably didn’t have any ComfoAir 200 units with an HRV core left, so they just gave us one with an ERV core instead. That’s just fine by us!The only potential issue is that it probably isn’t the latest model — all the latest Zehnder units apparently now come with a pre-heater for low temperature operation. Without this, ERVs are not, I don’t think, guaranteed to run below about -10ºC (14ºF). But that’s quite common here in winter, indeed it has been -14ºC (6.8ºF) for the last few nights and much lower at times. But we’ve not had any problem with the unit at all. Along with the thick insulation and sealed building shell, the heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system is one of the most important features of any Passive House.An HRV system is really very simple. In essence, it is a ventilation system with a heat exchanger, so that in winter, when cold air is drawn into the house, it is warmed with the heat from the stale, outgoing air (and vice-versa in summer). However, it is also more than this. The HRV ensures a uniform temperature throughout the house, taking the air heated by the sun through the large south-facing windows and distributing it to other rooms.Our system is also a little bit more than this. With the addition of a very small thermostat-controlled heating element (drawing about the same amount of power as a toaster), it also becomes a low-pressure forced-air heating system. This will be the only artificial heat in the house, and we don’t think we’ll need it that much even in Ontario winters. Choose a system carefullyIt’s worth noting that not all HRVs are created equal. Most manufacturers make claims about the efficiency of the systems they make, but few are actually independently tested and verified, and this includes the leading companies in North America. This doesn’t mean they are bad, but you can do so much better.Our HRV (actually, an ERV, but more on that later) is the ComfoAir 200 from Swiss company Zehnder, pretty much the best manufacturer of HRVs in the world. Their tested efficiency is the highest; their systems are the quietest; and their ribbed plastic Comfo-Tube ducting is much better than the old square section metal ducting you might be used to. Our system was supplied, with minimal fuss, by the excellent Hans, from Zehnder’s Ontario dealer, Pinwheel Building Supplies.You need to plan for the installation properly from the beginning, though. We didn’t, but we got lucky. The unit itself takes up a fair bit of room. However, they can be mounted on walls or ceilings. Since we have massively over-engineered cross-laminated timber (CLT) ceilings, we did the latter, mounting them up and out of the way in our machine room. There just happened to be enough room.There are a lot of ducts, too — serving fresh air registers and exhaust grilles in different parts of the house — and the ducting goes up through what would have been our chimney openings. Again, this was luck rather than judgment. We also didn’t get the design for the HRV system ducting done before we ordered the timber components, so rather than having pre-drilled fittings, the builders are having to drill through the thick ceilings to make the vent holes.last_img read more

Estrella nails game-winning, step-back 3 as Mapua stuns Letran

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I just shot the ball and it went in,” said Estrella. “Coach told me to get the ball and take the last shot. I had a lot of confidence before I took that shot.”The Knights still had a chance to force overtime, but Rey Nambatac airballed his three-pointer at the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEstrella carried much of the load for Mapua with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while JB Raflores notched a double-double with his 12 markers and 11 boards.Leo Gabo, who is playing his first game since serving the last of his four-game suspension dating back from 2015, went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, two of which coming in the final three minutes as the Cardinals mounted a huge fightback after going down 71-65. He finished with 12 points and four assists. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend PH Dragon Boat team eyes Asian Games gold Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndoy Estrella came up with the biggest shot in the clutch, drilling a gutsy step-back three to carry Mapua to a 78-75 stunner over Letran Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior playmaker took the ball when it mattered the most and drained the game-winning trey with five seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Quarters: 17-19, 38-41, 56-61, 78-75. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Jerrick Balanza topped Letran with 15 points, while Nambatac got 13 markers and three assists.Prodigal sons Bong Quinto and JP Calvo almost delivered the victory for the Knights as they took charge in the fourth quarter. The two combined for 23 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.The Scores:MAPUA 78 – Estrella 18, Raflores 12, Gabo 12, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Aguirre 6, Pelayo 5, Nieles 4, Orquina 3.LETRAN 75 – Balanza 15, Nambatac 13, Quinto 12, Ambohot 11, Calvo 11, Taladua 6, Vacaro 4, Bernabe 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Pascual 0, Mandreza 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur on Liverpool radarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTrabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir Omur is on Liverpool’s radar.The Mirror says Liverpool are interested in landing Omur in a £27 million move as they line up a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana.Jurgen Klopp is poised to beat off a challenge from Premier League champions Manchester City to sign Omur who is rated as the best young player in Turkish football.Klopp has been keeping tabs on Omur, 19, since he broke into Trabzonspor’s first team last season and is said to be looking to get his man this month.Trabzonspor would like to keep Omur until the end of the season but it all depends on if England international Lallana is still at the club. last_img read more

8 days ago​Man Utd coach Solskjaer: Wan-Bissaka, Martial in contention for Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd coach Solskjaer: Wan-Bissaka, Martial in contention for Liverpoolby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial could be back for their game on Sunday.The Red Devils are facing off against Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League.It is a key game for United and Solskjaer, with the latter in danger of losing his job if the team suffers a humiliating defeat.And he spoke about how Martial and Wan-Bissaka could play some part in the game after recovering from their respective injuries.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “I can’t tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen. “But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last through the training this week and be available for selection. “If it’s for half a game or 30 minutes, I don’t know, but let’s see where they’re at.” last_img read more

Ranking The Best College Football Programs By Conference

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. Last week the six of us here at College Spun ranked every Power 5 college football program, No. 66 to No. 1.  ConferencesPower 5.Each of us gave every team scores from 1-10 in five different categories: on-field performance, recruiting prowess, head coach, future hope, and stability. The max score a team could receive is 300 with 60 being the most points a team could received in each of the five categories. The rankings basically answer this question: which college football programs are best positioned for success now and into the future? Now, we’ll show you how the programs in each conference stack up against each other. Who’s best positioned for success in the ACC? Big 12? Big Ten? SEC? Pac-12? And finally, how do the conferences stack up against each other?So we’ll show you the rankings for each conference and then a ranking of the conferences against each other. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more