May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Israel News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go further Reporters Without Borders today denounced improper security checks of journalists at Israel’s Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and called for an enquiry into the seizure and disappearance there of a French reporter’s computer. “These security operations amount to harassment of journalists and also violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the Israeli authorities.”We demand an enquiry into the confiscation and subsequent disappearance of the laptop computer used by Thierry Oberlé, of the French daily paper Le Figaro, to do his job, and that these checks, while necessary, be conducted with respect for the work of journalists.”Oberlé was leaving Israel on the night of 14 August after a reporting assignment there and in the Occupied Territories, when security officials confiscated his laptop computer during pre-flight search and questioning. The computer, which belongs to the newspaper and contained data about work done during his stay, has still not been returned to him. In a 28 August letter to the Government Press Office, Le Figaro protested against the methods and attitude of the airport officials and the disappearance of the computer.After strong protests by the journalist at the time the machine was confiscated, a senior airport security official told him that the computer was being seized “to check its hard drive.” As is the practice, officials refused to give the journalist a receipt for the confiscated machine, only an airline “accompanied baggage” receipt.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Israeli authorities to stop subjecting foreign journalists leaving Israel to intimidation and improper searches that violate the right to confidentiality. It also calls for greater openness during security checks and to urgently consider the following recommendations:-During questioning, journalists should be told of their rights (use of a translator, for example, and the right not to answer questions about private matters).-Security checks should not in any circumstances be an excuse to check up on the activities of journalists and get information out of them to help the Israeli authorities.-Once their electronic equipment (a computer or camera) has been proved not dangerous, these journalistic working tools must not be confiscated.-In the case of abuses, journalists must be able to formally complain at once to officials other than the airport security service. Receive email alerts September 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Improper security checks at Ben Gurion airport violate press freedom June 3, 2021 Find out more News News
Courtesy of Timothy Hsueh Keenan Hall residents dance in a skit performed in the 2019 Keenan Revue.“We put up a list in Keenan for theme ideas,” said senior Timothy Hsueh, director of the Keenan Revue. “We had some pretty crazy ones, but we generally get like seven or eight that we seriously consider.”Keenan residents are encouraged to think about and write up skits over winter break and tryouts are held the first week of the spring semester. With so many potential skits this year, the first round of tryouts took up almost an entire day.“We went 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year of just skit, after skit, after skit, after skit,” Hsueh said.Brett Katalinic, a senior, is the producer of the Revue. Both Hsueh and Katalinic were selected by their rector to be in charge of putting together their dorm’s signature event. But it takes a lot more than two people to make the show possible, as shown by the 25 staff members working with them. This includes positions such as head writers, video coordinator, dance choreographers and music directors. “Our head writers write a ton of skits, and they help everyone edit their skits, add some jokes and adjust for appropriateness,” Hsueh said. Hsueh said the head writers also do a good job of casting outside of their friend groups, including freshman in Keenan. Others are encouraged to hang out in the back during tryouts in case any skit writers need actors.“My freshman year, that’s actually how I got involved” Hsueh said. “I was hanging out in the basement and they were like, ‘Timmy, come back.’”While the Keenan Revue is a free, ticketed event, residents of Keenan stand in the back during each show and request donations for Dismas House, a halfway house for people recently released from incarceration.The Dismas House aims to “bring about mutual reconciliation between former offenders and society through the development of a supportive community,” according to the Dismas House of Indiana’s website.“Once a week a group of Keenan guys will go over and make dinner with them and sit down and eat it,” Hsueh said. Approaching its 44th production, the Keenan Revue is still getting better and better. From the skits, to the music — under the direction of Felix Rabito and Zach Pearson — and the dancing — led by Daniel Shaw and Donald Welsh — Hsueh couldn’t pick a favorite part of the show.“The quality of our skits is really high this year,” Hsueh said. “We had a lot of good skits that we had to cut just for time. I think we could have put on a whole second show if we wanted to.”Quality skits are not the only things that will be in abundance at the Revue this year. There will also be an unprecedented amount of dancers, aka “strippers” — 82 to be exact.“It’s not something that the average guy in Keenan has a lot of exposure to, so I really enjoy that I get to introduce this art form,” said junior Daniel Shaw, one of the head dancers.Becoming a dancer for the Keenan Revue does not require any auditions, but that doesn’t mean that the dancers don’t try to look their best every night. “A lot of people do planks before the show starts to get their abs looking tight,” said Shaw. Tickets for the Revue went on sale Wednesday, Jan. 22. Many students aim to get tickets to the Thursday show under the impression that some of the more inappropriate jokes will make it into the first show and then get censored out of the other nights.“Not true,” Hsueh said. “That rumor we’ve been trying to shut down for years.”Hseuh cited multiple reasons he believes people will enjoy attending the Revue.“I think you’ll be laughing for two hours,” Hsueh said. “And the girls are going to love the dancers.”Shaw said people should attend “to see their friends take their clothes off.” He added that it also provides interesting commentary on current issues occurring on campus.“It‘s a great way to just come in and laugh at ourselves and just have a good time,” Shaw said.The Keenan Revue will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Tags: Dismas House, Keenan Hall, Keenan Revue For all Notre Dame students, the start of the spring semester brings new class schedules and more homework assignments. But for the men of Keenan Hall, it also brings the whirlwind of putting together what their website dubs “the most popular dorm event at Notre Dame” — the Keenan Revue. This year’s theme is “Horton Hears a Revue.”
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COLBY, Kan. – The winner of Thomas County Speedway’s inaugural Nutrien IMCA Modified Madness will go home $3,000 richer. A berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot is at stake as well at the Saturday, June 1 special, which pays a minimum of $200 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and E3 Spark Plugs Kansas State points will be awarded. Thomas County’s regular weekly program will be Friday, May 31. The Colby speedplant also hosts the $3,000 to win Holly Enterprises Stock Car Stampede on June 15. Modified Madness is presented by Strutt Insurance Services. More information is available by calling 785 443-1469. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30. Entry fee for the Modifieds is $125. Completing the card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts vying for national, regional, state and track points. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. on race day. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
A magnificent unbeaten century by former Essequibo batsman, Basil Persaud, led Everest Masters to a convincing nine wicket victory over the visiting Guyana Foundation XI from the United Kingdom.Played at the Everest ground last Sunday, the Guyana Foundation (UK) won the toss and batted first in the 30 overs affair. They were led by an accomplished 82 (8x4s+3x6s) from Navindra Sing, along with a fluent innings of 38 (5×4) from Navin Persaud and Patrick Khan 22 with 3×4, as they posted 189-8 from their allotted overs.Former national opener Rohan Sarjoo this time took the ball and returned impressive figures of 3-22 from 5 overs while veteran off-spinner, Johnny Azeez supported with 2-31, while Rakesh Gangaram took 2-17.In reply host Everest Masters made light work with the total as Basil Persaud’s commanding 101 not out laced with 13×4 and 2×6 and former national youth batsman, Hemraj Garbarran with an unbeaten 57, including 7×4 and 2×6, dominated proceedings.The pair added an unbroken 145 run partnership as Everest Masters reached 192-1 in 27 overs to win by nine wickets.At the presentation, Basil Persaud was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and was presented with a Medal. Guyana Foundation (UK) also presented the Everest Cricket Club with a plaque in honour of former life member of the club, David Seloochan.Everest also returned the honours by also presenting a plaque to the visitors in recognition and appreciation of their visit to Guyana and for engaging the club in the well organized match. The plaque on behalf of the Everest Masters was compliments of Trophy Stall of Bourda Market.(Elroy Stephney)
Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!On Saturday May 13th, 2017 TOGETHER! held their annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College. Back for the second year following a hiatus and reinvention, Awards of Excellence now honors and celebrates South Sound youth whose paths have been marked with adversity and whose grace and strength continue to shine through. More than 29 different schools and youth centered organizations nominated participants to receive the award. This year 35 awards and 10 scholarships were given, including a 1-year tuition waiver for SPSCC, as well as 2 continuing scholarships to 2016 Awards of Excellence scholarship winners.Aylin Gonzales was a 2016 scholarship winner and won a continuing support scholarship at this year’s awards. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!Honorees were featured in The Olympian newspaper and publicly recognized at the Awards of Excellence ceremony. More than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded thanks to Gateway Rotary (our top scholarship donor), TwinStar Credit Union, Tumwater McDonald’s, and a year tuition waiver from South Puget Sound Community College Scholarship Foundation! Based on the knowledge that supporting and encouraging young people helps our community thrive, TOGETHER! and partners are proud to continue this tradition for another year!Aylin Gonzales, a 2016 scholarship winner is incredibly grateful for the continuing support scholarship awarded at Awards of Excellence 2017. “Thank you so much for supporting my education again this year. Awards of Excellence has been such a great support for me. It’s been a relief not having to stress over paying for my classes, and [the scholarship has] helped me focus more on school. As some of you know, I am working towards becoming a registered nurse and getting my Associates degree is the first step. Awards of Excellence has helped me to be able to go to school and take the classes I need to reach this goal, one step at a time,” Aylin said.Charissa DeWitt., a 2017 and 2017 scholarship recipient spoke at Saturday’s event. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!“Higher education comes with a high price [however], and being an independent youth it’s not easy doing the college process all alone.” said Charissa DeWitt during a speech at the 2017 Awards of Excellence ceremony. “Thanks to the TOGETHER! scholarship I have the opportunity to help people in the near future.” DeWitt, a 2016 scholarship winner also benefitted from continuing scholarship support in 2017. She continued to say, “I want to say thank you [TOGETHER!] for the opportunity to get this award and the good that’s being done here should really be continued for all the other students that are going to need it in the future.”In addition to the heartfelt speeches from Gonzalez and DeWitt, handing out the scholarships and awards, the event also featured a sincere speech, and musical performance from Gryffen Murry, a 2016 Awards of Excellence honoree who also emceed the event with Bobby Williams of The Bridge. CYS’s The Bridge, and the Olympia High School’s UpStanders delivered music and poetry performances.Group photo of the 2017 award recipients who are excited to continue their education with a little help. Photo courtesy: TOGETHER!The ceremony was a hit; emotions from TOGETHER!’s staff and nominees were clearly visible. Pride, laughter and applause filled the air. Awards of Excellence was live-streamed on Facebook with 412+ views (despite tech challenges) and growing. Like any great thing, this event is possible only through the collaboration and partnership of many. TOGETHER! would like to especially thank our sponsors and in-kind donors: Gateway Rotary, Tumwater McDonalds, South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, TwinStar Credit Union, The Olympian, Forrey’s Forza, DZines, The Bridge, TAGS Awards and Specialties, Shanna Paxton Photography, Tumwater Safeway, Tumwater Costco, and Ralph’s Thriftway. Thank you also to event emcees Gryffen Murray & Bobby Williams, to The Bridge performers Gryffen Murray, Shanelle Berry, Lelh Inman (a.k.a Shady B & Taw_Nae), and to The UpStanders (Olympia High School) performers Mikayla Fisher-An, Maitlynn Reed, Andrew Pizana, Savantè Givens, and Rose Rinehart. For more information, visit the TOGETHER! website.
(From left): Robert Schillberg, Red Bank; DonnaLyn Giegerich, Red Bank; Margaret Johnson and Lauren Antonucci, Long Branch; Cliff Moore, Hazlet; Christina Penatello, Garfield and Ted Friedli, Long Branch.Kick Cancer Overboard, an organization that gives free cruises to people whose lives have been affected by cancer, gave cruises to Lauren Antonucci and her mother, Margaret Johnson of Long Branch at a recent benefit concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.“So far this year we have given away 20 cruises to those who truly deserve a break,” said Ted Friedli, the founder of KCO and the owner of Excel Travel in Long Branch.This year’s cruise leaves from Cape Liberty on May 19 and sails to Bermuda. The trip is open to anyone, not just cancer survivors. For every 12th person booked another survivor gets a free cruise.KCO’s upcoming events are a fashion show at the Two River Theater in Red Bank on March 12 and a family rock show with Rockit at the Middletown Arts Center on March 17. For more information: www.kickcanceroverboard.org