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first_img Receive email alerts RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Two foreign freelance journalists are about to complete a year in captivity. Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were taken hostage by an armed group as they were returning to Mogadishu from Afgoye refugee camp, 20 km west of the Somali capital, on 23 August 2008.“We are very worried about these two hostages, given the length of their ordeal and the extreme dangers prevailing in Somalia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our support for their families and we hope they will be released without delay.”At the time of their abduction, Lindhout and Brennan were being accompanied by Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, a Somali freelance journalist who was their fixer and interpreter, and two Somali drivers, Mahad Isse and Marwali.Elmi and the two drivers were released on the night of 15 January, after being held for 177 days. Elmi said he was separated from Lindhout and Brennan immediately after their capture.A woman claiming to be Lindhout called CTV headquarters in Toronto on 10 June and appealed to the Canadian government to do everything possible to obtain her release. In tears, she said she was being held in appalling conditions.“I’m being kept in a dark, windowless room in chains without any clean drinking water and very little food or no food,” the caller said. “I’ve been very sick for months without any medicine.” A similar call was made to OMNI Television, another Canadian TV station, at the end of July.The kidnappers have been demanding a ransom, the size of which has changed over the months. Rumours have circulated about the hostages but Reporters Without Borders has been unable to confirm any of them. According to one rumour, Lindhout was pregnant and several Somali sources have said in the past two months that she gave birth to a boy.Here is the statement of both families : “Together, the two families continue to work tirelessly to secure Nigel’s and Amanda’s safe release. With little outside support, the families, who have been united as one throughout this horrendous ordeal, continue to do everything and anything to gain the earliest possible release for their loved ones Amanda and Nigel. Our thoughts and all our love are with Amanda and Nigel, today, just as they have been for the past 365 days, and just as they will be until they are safely home with us.In issuing this brief joint statement the families hope that the media will respect their wishes to be left alone during this particularly emotional time.” SomaliaAfrica News to go further News SomaliaAfrica center_img Organisation March 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Somalia RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Help by sharing this information News August 21, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anniversary of abduction of Canadian and Australian journalists Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgFull Name* Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)A state program to provide relief to renters facing financial hardship reopened today, ahead of a fast-approaching deadline to use the federal funds.The slight expansion of the program comes after a report from the agency showed that more than half the applications for relief were denied — and only $40 million of the available $100 million in federal funding had been doled out. The state was faced with the possibility of losing the federal funds if it did not use them before the end of the year.In order to qualify, applicants must be rent-burdened, have lost income between Apr. 1 and July 1, and have a household income that’s at or below 80 percent of the area median income. If successful, tenants can receive the difference between the household’s pre-Covid rent burden and the household’s rent burden during the months of April, May, June and July.Read moreState senate pushes blanket eviction moratorium: sourcesLandlord groups slam lawmakers eviction moratoriumLawmakers mull evictioni action as rent relief expansion stalls TagsAndrew CuomoCommercial Real EstateRental MarketResidential Real Estate Message* Share via Shortlinkcenter_img The changes to the program, which the Division of Homes and Community Renewal is responsible for administering, were more than two weeks in the making.Numerous lawmakers and tenant advocates had called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to finalize the changes. Representatives for landlords also criticized the delay in handing out the federal funding. Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, said in a statement ahead of the program’s expansion that the possibility of letting the funds go to waste was “unconscionable and inexplicable.”In a press release Thursday evening, HCR commissioner Ruthanne Visnauskas said that the agency is “acutely aware” of the pressure the pandemic has placed on households that were already struggling, and that this expansion of the program will build on existing measures to provide rent relief.“We worked around the clock for months to ensure rent-burdened households received the assistance for which they qualified,” said Visnauskas. “But more can be done.”Contact Georgia Kromrei Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address*last_img read more


first_imgAs a part of the freshmen lecture series at the Viterbi School of Engineering, YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley spoke Tuesday to students about their entrepreneurial endeavors.Tech boom · YouTube’s co-founder Steve Chen speaks Tuesday to freshmen at the Viterbi School of Engineering about how his experiences in college influenced his career. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanHurley and Chen both discussed their time in college and how it affected their experience creating YouTube. Hurley attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Chen attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.“You need strategy at the end of the day,” Hurley said. “No matter what position you’re in, you need to be creative.”Chen and Hurley met at PayPal, where Chen served as one of the first product engineers and Hurley was the first user-interface designer.In 2005, Hurley and Chen co-founded YouTube. Hurley and Chen said their inspiration for creating the popular video-sharing website stemmed from the abundance of videos that came about in the 21st century.They said the concept of YouTube was to create a place where users could conveniently share videos because the media players of the early 2000s were insufficient and scattered.At the onset of YouTube’s creation, there was no funding for the project — the only source of finance was Chen’s credit card.“I was sucked dry,” he said.As time went on, however, Chen’s investment paid off.“People started looking to us as a consistent source of video,” Hurley said.YouTube quickly became a central source of media sharing for people across the planet. At the time, one of YouTube’s main competitors was Google, with  its “Google Video” platform.“We were always afraid of Google because of all the resources they had at their disposal,” Chen said. “We were always trying to be more competitive and more efficient.”Eighteen months after YouTube’s founding, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion.“I really don’t think YouTube would be where it is today without the support of Google,” Hurley said.Until 2010, Hurley served as the CEO for YouTube and until 2009, Chen served as its chief technology officer.Currently, Hurley and Chen are working together on a new project called AVOS Systems. AVOS Systems’ website describes its mission as “committed to building great products that people use in their everyday lives.”Some of the websites featured through AVOS Systems include Delicious.com, Zeen.com and Meiwei.fm.According to Chen, AVOS Systems globalized quickly because it was difficult to find qualified engineers to fill the positions of the company. AVOS Systems’ headquarters lies in San Mateo, Calif., but it has other offices in Beijing, China, and New Zealand.Chen and Hurley, both in their mid-30s, finished their presentation by advising students to do work that they enjoy.last_img read more


first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Share Shares in FTSE250 online gambling group 888 Holdings have tumbled following reports that the O Shaked family have sold their entire stake in the company this week.Yesterday the O Shaked Share Trust, which represents family members of deceased 888 Co-Founder Aharon Shaked initiated a sell-off of 46 million shares (12.9% equity) at a target price of 243 pence apiece.The family trust is reported to have netted approximately £112 million from the share sale. This June, the O Shaked family sold 40 million 888 shares at 270p, earning + £100 million.Reacting to the O Shaked family sell-off, 888’s share price fell 6% to 242p as of Wednesday’s London market closing time.The total sell-off sees the family of Avi Shaked (brother of Aharon), maintain the largest stake in 888 Holdings retaining a 24% equity. In 2016, the Ben-Yitzhak brothers reduced their family stake to a 3% holding.888 has suffered a turbulent 2017, in which the company has been reprimanded for ‘serious failures’ in its social responsibility with regards to its handling of vulnerable customers.This September the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) fined 888 a record £7.8 million, following its investigation of the operator’s multiple player protection failures.888 governance would report corporate losses of $17 million for its H1 2017 results, stating that the company had been significantly impacted by ‘exceptional costs’ of +$50 million recorded during the period.last_img read more


first_imgDuke spokesman Mike DeGeorge confirmed Reddish has hired an agent.The decision comes one day after teammate RJ Barrett declared. Related News Duke’s RJ Barrett declares for NBA Draft to fulfill childhood dream NBA Draft 2019: Kentucky forward PJ Washington declares Cam Reddish is the latest Duke star to end his collegiate career early.The Blue Devils freshman wing on Thursday announced that he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft. This season was epic, and I am so thankful to have had Duke as a part of the foundation that prepared me to play at the next level. Never forget – I am a Blue Devil for life. Proud to announce that I will be entering the 2019 NBA Draft. #TheBrotherhood #CamFam #TGBTG 🙏🏾🔵😈A post shared by Cam Reddish (@camreddish) on Apr 11, 2019 at 3:13pm PDT”This season was epic, and I am so thankful to have had Duke as a part of the foundation that prepared me to play at the next level,” Reddish wrote. “Never forget — I am a Blue Devil for life. Proud to announce that I will be entering the 2019 NBA Draft.”Reddish, 19, averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 36 games this season on 35.7 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. View this post on Instagram He missed Duke’s victory over Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 with a left leg injury but returned to the lineup for the team’s loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, finishing with eight points.Expect fellow Duke star Zion Williamson to join Reddish and Barrett in declaring soon.last_img read more


first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, that Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, should still be considered an Olympic champion, but the International Olympic Committee refuses to recognize the verdict. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)MOSCOW — With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Moscow City Court ruled Wednesday that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Games, should still be considered an Olympic champion despite having been stripped of his medals because of doping. A CAS ruling upholding his disqualification is not enforceable in Russia, the court said.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Best performance Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Zubkov and his teams remain disqualified in official Olympic results, but the Moscow ruling could make it harder for the IOC to get his medals back.“The decision issued by the Moscow court does not affect in any way the CAS award rendered … an award which has never been challenged before the proper authority,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told the AP.“The fact that the CAS award is considered as ‘not applicable in Russia’ by the Moscow court may have local consequences but does not constitute a threat for the CAS jurisdiction globally.”The IOC’s case against Zubkov was based on testimony from Moscow and Sochi anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, who said he swapped clean samples for ones from doped athletes, and forensic evidence that the allegedly fake sample stored in Zubkov’s name contained more salt than could be possible in urine from a healthy human.Zubkov, who says he never doped, retired after the Sochi Olympics and has since become president of the Russian Bobsled Federation. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation didn’t respond to a request to comment.ADVERTISEMENT CAS, however, is the only valid arbiter for sports disputes at the games, according to the Olympic Charter. In rare instances, Switzerland’s supreme court can weigh in on matters of procedure.“The CAS decision in this case is enforceable since there was no appeal filed with the Swiss Federal Tribunal within the period stipulated,” the IOC told The Associated Press in an email on Thursday. “The IOC will soon request the medals to be returned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe law firm representing Zubkov said the Moscow court found the CAS ruling violated Zubkov’s “constitutional rights” by placing too much of a burden on him to disprove the allegations against him.Zubkov won the two-man and four-man bobsled events at the Sochi Olympics but he was disqualified by the IOC last year. The verdict was later upheld by CAS. In the two-man event, Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland are due to inherit the gold medal from Zubkov’s team, while a Latvian squad is in line for the four-man gold medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThis is a team that is unquestionably in need of a big shakeup this … The Giants are heading towards a pivotal offseason.Yes, again.After a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants “ran it back” with a few upgrades in 2018, and, clearly, things didn’t work out.Once the Giants’ already minuscule chances of making the playoffs this year evaporated at the end of August, San Francisco has been the worst team in baseball, losing 11 straight games with Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Braves.last_img


first_imgPaleoanthropologists have a major conundrum on their hands, or feet.  EurekAlert reported about controversial footprints found in Mexico ash deposits that had been thought to be 44,000 years old.  Even that was too old for many to swallow, but new argon-argon dates show them to be 1.3 million years old – far older than those in Africa, where the first modern humans were supposed to come from.  Either the dates are not trustworthy, or these are not footprints.  No resolution to this anomaly seems satisfactory at the moment.  Pictures and additional information can be found at BBC News, National Geographic News, and [email protected]  A reader found web pages of the discoverers at MexicanFootprints.com and Bournemouth University, UK.  Renne et al. in Nature1 are taking the view they are not footprints, even though toes and heelprints appear in some of them.1Renne et al., “Geochronology: Age of Mexican ash with alleged ‘footprints’, Nature 438, E7-E8 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04425.This will be a good test of the scientific values of the Darwinists.  They always claim to be skeptical of any finding, never taking anything on “faith” like those religious-right fundies.  OK, Darwinists, you’ve got a problem.  Show us some rationality and objectivity.  We seem to recall that creationists quickly withdrew claims of Paluxy human tracks on the first hint of a problem with the data, and have been very cautious ever since.  In their case, however, the find was not a necessary piece of evidence, just a tantalizing one.  In this case, if humans or advanced hominids were in Mexico over a million years before the famed “out of Africa” story, there is a lot of Darwinian storytelling at risk of unraveling.  Either evolutionists cannot trust their fossil skills, or their dating methods (see 11/05/2005), or both.  What would it take to falsify human evolution?  If nothing – no amount of contrary evidence or logic – could ever dislodge the idea that humans slowly emerged from primitive ancestors, then your critics are going to stick a note on the seat of your pants: “Kick me; I’m a fighting fundamentalist.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgCANADA (660 NEWS) — As the percentage of people paying for food with cash declines, businesses like Walmart are considering going cash-free. There are many benefits for grocery stores to go cashless including shorter checkout times, heightened convenience and a reduction in theft and human error.“No one wants to really wait to pay for their food items and that’s why the cashless food economy is becoming an attractive proposition for both the consumer and the industry as well,” explained Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University. He says cashless stores have prompted some backlash with San Francisco lawmakers even considering a ban.A recent survey by Payments Canada, 42 per cent of consumers use cash fewer than four times a month when purchasing food. A year ago, it was only 20 per cent.“Almost a million Canadians don’t have a bank account, or a credit card, or a debit card, and so that’s problematic,” he pointed out. “So, if you are to go cashless, 100 per cent you are excluding a segment of the population that has less means.”While it definitely offers benefits for consumers and businesses alike, opponents argue it discriminates against low-income shoppers who may not have a bank account.“You can basically go in and out of a grocery store without seeing anyone, without talking to anyone, and the money will be withdrawn from your bank account or will be applied to your credit card in an instant,” he said.He also pointed out that digitizing food transactions allows food service companies to increase food prices, partly because it will go unnoticed by consumers who don’t visualize money physically leaving their wallets.Amazon has said its go stores will accept cash eventually, and it also intends to launch a program that will allow anyone to go cashless regardless of their socio-economic status.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced The Tragically Hip Radio – the iconic band’s one and only official channel – live now online and on the SiriusXM app.The Tragically Hip Radio now available exclusively on SiriusXM (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Inc.)The new channel, available via SiriusXM Streaming, will feature curated music from across The Tragically Hip’s vast catalogue and will celebrate the band’s musical legacy. Listeners will also have exclusive access to never-been-aired live recordings from the band’s personal vault; archived interviews and track-by-track sit downs with Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair; solo work from all members; plus the band will host and program specialty shows from their iconic Bathouse Studios. The channel will also feature hosted programs with and music from other prominent artists who have been influenced by the band. “The Tragically Hip’s place in history as one of the most influential and important Canadian bands ever cannot be disputed,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We are so excited to work with the band and give our subscribers access to their incredible catalogue and exclusive content that they cannot access anywhere else.”SiriusXM’s The Tragically Hip Radio is live now on channel 757. SiriusXM subscribers can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to siriusxm.ca/plans/essential to sign up and get access to the channel now.Fans can join the conversation online now and share their favourite The Tragically Hip songs, memories and more using #TheHipRadio.The Tragically Hip Radio is an example of SiriusXM music channels created with iconic and leading artists including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Elvis Presley and more.For more information on SiriusXM Canada, please visit siriusxm.ca.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on Youtube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. “It’s an honour to be asked to stand in the same light as some of our heroes,” said the band. “We are thrilled to be a part of the programing and development of The Tragically Hip Radio on SiriusXM.” Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more