first_img Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation Follow the news on Egypt “This latest of many postponements just increases the tension surrounding the Al-Jazeera trial and prolongs the agony for the station’s three journalists,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“It also defies the entire world, which is awaiting the outcome of the trial with such interest. We reiterate our appeal to the Egyptian authorities to drop all the charges against Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, who are not guilty of any crime.”According to the Egyptian media, the long-awaited verdict hearing scheduled for 30 July was cancelled on the grounds of Judge Hassan Farid’s poor health without the lawyers or journalists being notified in advance.The expectation ahead of today’s hearing was even greater but, as soon as it began, a new judge announced that it was being postponed yet again. According to an Agence France-Presse journalist who was there, it was postponed because some of the co-defendants could not be brought to the court.US secretary of state John Kerry’s visit to Cairo today and French President Francois Hollande’s visit on 6 August for the inauguration of the new Suez Canal had fuelled hopes that verdicts would finally be announced today and that the journalists would be released.Egypt’s judicial system and government would thereby have signalled a readiness to respect media freedom. Instead, the delay shows that the trial of Al-Jazeera’s journalists is not a priority for the regime and that any pressure being applied by the international community is having no effect.Fahmy, Mohamed and Greste (who is being tried in absentia because he was deported to Australia on 1 February under a presidential decree) will now have to wait another four weeks in order to learn their fate. If not acquitted, they are facing up to ten years in prison. If convicted, they will be able to appeal.With at least 15 journalists currently detained in connection with their work, Egypt is the world’s fourth biggest prison for media personnel (after China, Eritrea and Iran). It is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Help by sharing this information EgyptMiddle East – North Africa EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution August 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dismay over latest postponement in Al-Jazeera trial News Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest postponement in the Al-Jazeera retrial, the tenth since it began in February. The announcement of the verdict, originally scheduled for 30 July, was postponed today for the second time in four days, this time until 29 August, thereby prolonging the uncertainty for the Qatari TV station’s journalists. January 22, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff RSF_en News to go further Newslast_img read more

first_imgJames Franklin answers questions from reporters after he was introduced as Penn State’s new football coach during a news conference on Jan. 11, in State College, Pa. Franklin, who turns 42 next month, is the first permanent African-American head football ever at Penn State. (AP Photo/John Beale)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, a strong-willed if not exactly strong-armed high school quarterback who believed he was good enough to play at Penn State.Joe Paterno’s coaching staff didn’t exactly agree, and while Franklin’s arm led to him a decorated career at Division II East Stroudsburg (Pa.), his will led him to the place he wanted to be all along.Home.More than two decades after a futile attempt to draw Penn State’s attention as a player, the university hired the charismatic 41-year-old as its next head coach on Saturday.Franklin, who turns 42 next month, also is the first permanent African-American head football ever at Penn State.“I’m a Pennsylvania boy,” Franklin said, “with a Penn State heart.”“My dad is from Pittsburgh, so I would spend all my summers and holidays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Franklin added.“My dad was from the Hill District, Bedford Avenue. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.”.One charged with continuing the painstaking and sometimes painful rebuilding process started by Bill O’Brien, who took over in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal more than two years ago.But O’Brien bolted for the NFL’s Houston Texans on New Year’s Eve, opening the door for Franklin, who breathed life into a moribund program at Vanderbilt, winning 24 games over three seasons and leading the Commodores to three straight bowl games.More will be expected here — eventually. That’s fine by Franklin, who insists he didn’t sign the six-year contract reportedly worth around $4.5 million a season to use the Nittany Lions as a stepping stone.Franklin littered his hour-long introduction with all the right touches. Wearing a blue suit with a blue-and-white tie, he called Penn State his “dream job” and dubbed Saturday “the best day of my life” before quickly amending it to the “third best” after his wedding day to his wife Fumi and the birth of their twin daughters Addy and Shola.Pointing to his family as they watched from the front row, Franklin described himself as having “two daughters and 95 new sons.”Penn State’s new football coach James Franklin prepares to catch a football from his daughter, Addison, 5, after being introduced during an NCAA college football news conference at Beaver Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in State College, Pa. Holding her father’s hand is Shola, 6. (AP Photo/John Beale)Yet he knows the branches of the family tree run far deeper. He promised to reconnect the glorious past with what he believes is an ambitious future and vowed to have lunch with every provost and dean while pledging not to turn down any speaking engagement.“We’ll do everything we can to bring this community back together,” he said, “and really take pride in this program.”A pride still in the process of healing following the shocking revelations about Sandusky’s criminal behavior and the subsequent fallout that included Paterno’s unceremonious firing after 45 years at the helm. Then, there were the near-fatal NCAA sanctions that stripped the program of dozens of scholarships and barred the school from postseason competition for four years.As far as O’Brien brought Penn State in two years, leading Penn State to a 15-9 record and ushering the Nittany Lions fully into the 21st century, much work remains to be done. The standard isn’t to merely be competitive.Scanning a throng that dwarfed anything Franklin ever saw at Vanderbilt in a facility that in many ways rivals the jewels found in places like Alabama and Oregon, Franklin left little doubt as to his intentions.“Our plan is to go out and win a bunch of games,” he said, “so we can stay here a long time.”It’s something Franklin insists he planned on doing at Vanderbilt, where he produced one of the more stirring turnarounds in recent college football history.  The Commodores went 16-4 over his final 20 games, second only to Alabama over that span in the SEC. Vanderbilt won the final seven games of 2012 and the final five of 2013.And, Franklin led Vanderbilt into the final Associated Press poll each of the past two seasons, including No. 24 in the rankings released Tuesday.As impressive as Franklin’s credentials may be, Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner believes they put Franklin through the “most thorough vetting process of any search perhaps of any position at this university.”last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: PA/GettyAdvertisement l4kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2juWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebro( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cfnlWould you ever consider trying this?😱ntmCan your students do this? 🌚9r30mRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has made some major impact on several football events across the world, causing major changes and postponement on top tier leagues and events in the coming months. However, arguably the biggest ht the beautiful game has received from the virus outbreak is the suspension of UEFA Euro 2020, premier European international football tournament that is now shifted to 2021.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PA/GettyThis is the first time in the history of the competition that has seen its usual quadrennial schedule get disrupted. Now termed ‘Euro 2021’, the competition will now be held from 11th June to 11th July next year.Following the postponement of Champions League and Europa League matches, this is UEFA’s latest big sweep amidst the Coronavirus panic that has spread across the globe this month.Advertisement While there were talks of the competition to go ahead this year as planned, but with necessary precautions and even possibly a behind closed doors tournament, the recently overlapping threat from the virus outbreak had left the authorising bodies with no choice.The bombshell came after Euro’s governing body UEFA themselves conducted a video conference with 55 of its member associations, and the news was first officially confirmed by the Norwegian Football Association via Twitter.Advertisement “UEFA has decided that the European Championship is postponed to 2021. It will be played from 11 June to 11 July next year. More information coming,” the tweet read.Sources from Reuters have stated that the decision to postpone the Euro to next year was already confirmed by Karl-Erik Nilsson, President of the Swedish Football Association. “Postponed until 11/6 – 11/7 2021. Will get back to you after the meeting,” Nilsson spoke to Reuters during the video conference.However, there has been no major updates on any suspension about the ongoing European Qualifiers to be held on 26th and 27th March.The Euro 2021, now shifted away from their usual 4 year period, will be held across 12 Major European cities- Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.The inaugural match on 11th June 2021 will be held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Italy will take on Turkey.Also read-Despite Coronavirus, here are the sports leagues still going on! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The other motorist was identified as 45-year-old Harry Contos, who officials said was a recent transplant from Pennsylvania now residing with family members in Valencia. He had lacerations on his face, head and hands, along with some fractured ribs, officials said. Contos was being held at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital before being transferred for booking to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. Officials investigating the crash closed Bouquet Canyon’s northbound lanes from Newhall Ranch Road to Soledad Canyon Road until 8 a.m, when they opened one lane. All lanes were open by 11 a.m. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] SAUGUS – An early morning crash involving California Highway Patrol officers and a drunk-driving suspect turned morning traffic into a nightmare Wednesday on Bouquet Canyon Road. The CHP officers’ patrol car was hit head-on on Bouquet Canyon Road about 1:45 a.m. by a BMW sports car that drove the wrong way down the divided road after turning left off Newhall Ranch Road, sheriff’s Deputy Tony Arnold said. “The CHP unit was in the northbound lane and activated its full rotators (lights), pulling to the right to get away from him,” Arnold said. “The driver struck the center divider with the right side of his vehicle and continued into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with the CHP unit.” Officer Richard Larson, the driver, and passenger Officer Christopher Cabral suffered what officials described as minor to moderate injuries; Larson had several lacerations and Cabral suffered a broken ankle and a concussion. They were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-101] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index moved ahead Monday, mostly on the back of rising oil and gold prices, but also thanks to gains in the health-care sector where a cannabis company’s shares surged more than 20 per cent.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 63.63 points to 16,371.81.Shares of licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) gained 20.42 per cent or $3.68 to close at $21.70.Aphria announced before markets opened an agreement to acquire Broken Coast Cannabis Inc. in a deal it valued at $230 million in stock and cash.However, broader trends in the price of commodities were more influential for the index today, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think the guide for the TSX today is really the little bit of a lift we’re seeing in oil price and gold prices,” he said.While the health-care sector led the TSX, shares in the gold sector gained an average of 1.2 per cent and those in the energy sector rose 0.46 per cent.Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, the February crude contract was up 51 cents to US$64.81 per barrel and the February gold contract was ahead by US$5.60 to US$1,340.50 an ounce.In commodity markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.50 cents US, up 0.53 of a U.S. cent.It’s likely the loonie will dip back below 80 cents US at some point in 2018, Fehr said, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to remain on a steady path of hiking rates, which could outpace the Bank of Canada, putting downward pressure on the loonie.Canada’s central bank is expected to raise interest rates at its next announcement Wednesday, but Fehr believes it will later take to the sidelines at some point in 2018.Elsewhere in commodities, the March copper contract was up about 4.3 cents to roughly US$3.26 a pound and the February natural gas contract was down 6.9 cents to about US$3.13 per mmBTU.U.S. markets are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The British government is bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Wednesday on the agreement with the European Union setting out the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc on March 29.A vote, initially slated for December, is scheduled for Jan. 15.But opposition remains strong from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU U.K. lawmakers. Brexiteers are urging the government to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.But many lawmakers, and businesses, say that could cause economic turmoil.The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal “is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday paid tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary.Paying floral tributes to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati said that the biggest tribute to him would be to get “good results” in the Lok Sabha elections. “Different political parties are paying tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary despite the model code of conduct,” the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told reporters. She thanked the other political parties for saluting Kanshi Ram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”I also want to tell the people of our party that this time his birth anniversary has fallen at a time when the schedule of the Lok Sabha elections has been announced,” she said. “If the workers of our party across the country work cautiously against the nefarious design of the opposition parties and bring a good result, then it would be the real rich tribute to Kanshi Ramji,” she said. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “A tribute to the leader Kanshi Ramji, a great thinker, who raised the political and social consciousness, on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, we shall fulfill his dreams of social justice.” The BSP, the SP and the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal will fight the April-May Lok Sabha elections as allies.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Saturday cited Sam Pitroda’s comments to accuse the Congress of “insulting” martyrdom of soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack and asserted that only his party can ensure the country’s security. In a fresh offensive against the Congress a day after its leader Pitroda questioned the government’s aggressive action against Pakistan, Shah asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise to people and armed forces for these comments. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Speaking to media, Shah said Pitroda’s statement conveyed that the Pulwama terror attack was a “routine” incident carried out by a few people for which Pakistan cannot be blamed, as the BJP chief asked Gandhi to make his party’s stand clear on the issue. Pitroda, he added, also questioned surgical strikes and air strikes by the Indian armed forces. “Does the Congress believe that terror incidents in the country have nothing to do with the Pakistan government or Pakistan Army?” Shah asked, seeking Gandhi’s response. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Pitroda is Indian Overseas Congress chief and is seen to be one of the key advisers to Gandhi. His comments, including that one cannot “jump on entire nation” (Pakistan) just because some people from there “came here and attacked” in reference to Pulwama terror attack, were Friday seized on by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the BJP’s all-out attack against the Congress on the issues of terrorism. Keeping the heat on the opposition party on the issues of terrorism and nationalism in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said Saturday the Congress is known for “vote bank” and “appeasement” politics during election and asked if such politics can be above national interest and the “blood of martyrs”. The BJP president then drew a comparison between the Congress-led UPA dispensation’s “no strong action” against terrorism and the Modi government’s “zero tolerance” against it to assert that only the saffron party is capable of securing India. “I want to reassure people of this country that only the BJP can provide security to the country, can give a befitting response to terrorism and can foil Pakistan’s conspiracy,” he said. The Modi government has succeeded in isolating Pakistan internationally and the morale of security forces is sky high, he said. Shah said the Congress president on March 7 had said that questions raised on air strikes should be answered. “But whose questions he wants to be answered and who raising questions on Indian Air Force. Who do you support? It is not proper for the national president of a party to raise such questions and doubt the IAF,” he said. Attacking Gandhi, he added, “When anti-national slogans were raised in JNU you called it freedom of expression and you also went there in their support. This is an example of your abhorrent vote bank politics”. The BJP president also rejected the Congress distancing itself from Pitroda’s comments by terming them as his personal views, as he wondered “what is personal view in politics”. People have seen through the Congress’ “strategy” of running an orchestrated campaign like this for vote bank politics and have been distancing themselves from it, Shah said in a swipe at the opposition party. He cited past controversial comments of several Congress leaders – including B K Hariprasad, Kapil Sibal, Digvijay Singh and Sandeep Dikshit among others – from which their party had disassociated itself, and claimed that it is part of Gandhi’s politics. The Congress president should tender an apology without any delay, he demanded. Citing Pitroda’s comments, Shah said Gandhi should also answer if he believes that armed forces’ actions like surgical strikes and air strikes will not work in dealing with terrorism but dialogue with Pakistan will. Shah said many terror attacks were carried out in the UPA rule government and asked, “If terror attacks shouldn’t be responded with surgical strikes and air strikes, then is this the Congress’ policy to deal with terrorism with talks. You opted for talks but what was the result?” The “Sonia Manmohan” government was in power for 10 years but there was no tough action taken against terrorism because the Congress lacked courage, he claimed.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday slammed the opposition’s criticism over the timing of announcement of ‘Mission Shakti’ as “clerical objections” and asserted that these parties were not at all bothered about national security.Taking on the Congress, Jaitley accused that the erstwhile UPA government of not granting scientists permission to build the country’s own anti-satellite missile, saying it lacked “capability and clarity”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters here, he said when India had test-fired the Agni-V missile in April, 2012, then DRDO chief V K Saraswat had said that India could now develop an anti-satellite missile but the government had not given its nod. Targeting the Congress, he said those patting their own back for India’s strategic missile programme were doing so for wrong reasons. “If they want to rectify the Balakot (air strike) mistake, it is the opportunity for the opposition to do so and stand in support of our scientists,” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Khe said, referring to the air strike on a terrorist camp in Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. Underlining that “tomorrow’s wars” will not be the same and that the nation has to prepare for future geopolitical situations, he said this technology will serve as a “deterrent”.last_img read more