Two journalists arrested on arrival at Cairo airport

first_img Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more He is the author of a recent book entitled “Into the hands of soldiers” about the 2013 military coup that brought Gen. Sisi to power in Egypt. Last year, he covered the very sensitive subject of relations between Egypt and Israel. “What is Egypt afraid of when it prevents foreign journalists from returning to the country and arrests returning Egyptian journalists?” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “More than 30 journalists are currently in prison in Egypt just for doing their job as reporters. We call on the Egyptian authorities to stop this persecution and to free the imprisoned journalists.” to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more He is accused of spreading false information on social networks, a charge that is constantly used in Egypt to silence journalists who contradict the official version of events. He previously spent 16 months in prison, from 2013 to 2015, on similar charges before being acquitted. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned Organisation RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. David Kirkpatrick, a New York Times reporter who was the newspaper’s Cairo bureau chief from 2011 to 2015, spent seven hours being held incommunicado at the airport on 18 February before being expelled. Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff from left to right : Ahmed Gamal Zyada and David Kirkpatrick February 20, 2019 Two journalists arrested on arrival at Cairo airport News Two journalists have been detained on landing at Cairo airport in the past few weeks. One, a US reporter, was denied entry and put on a flight back to Europe. The other, an Egyptian photojournalist, was imprisoned. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns these latest examples of the Egyptian regime’s persecution of the media. The Egyptian photojournalist Ahmed Gamal Zyada was arrested by Cairo airport security on his return from a long stay in Tunisia on 29 January. His family then spent two weeks without knowing where he was being held and without any official confirmation that he had been detained. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img

[Breaking] FIR Against Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sisters : Prima Facie Case Against Priyanka Singh; No Case Against Meetu Singh, Says Bombay High Court

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] FIR Against Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sisters : Prima Facie Case Against Priyanka Singh; No Case Against Meetu Singh, Says Bombay High Court Sharmeen Hakim15 Feb 2021 2:01 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday observed that there was a prima facie case found against Priyanka Singh, the sister of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in the FIR lodged against her at the instance of Rhea Chakraborty alleging criminal conspiracy and abetment to suicide of Sushant Singh.The Court has however quashed the proceedings against another sister of Sushant, Meetu Singh, who…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday observed that there was a prima facie case found against Priyanka Singh, the sister of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in the FIR lodged against her at the instance of Rhea Chakraborty alleging criminal conspiracy and abetment to suicide of Sushant Singh.The Court has however quashed the proceedings against another sister of Sushant, Meetu Singh, who was also named as an accused in the FIR.”There is prima facie case found against Priyanka Singh and there should not be any impediment against investigation against her”, a bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik observed.The Court said that the FIR will survive as regards Priyanka Singh and Dr Tarun Kumar of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Delhi, on whose prescription the medicines were allegedly procured for Sushant by Priyanka Singh. The FIR was registered on a complaint by actor Rhea Chakraborty against the sisters and Dr. Tarun Kumar – an associate professor of cardiology from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, on September 7, 2020 under sections 420(cheating) and 306(abetment of suicide), under the Indian Penal Code, as well as offences related to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). The case was subsequently transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation that is looking into the late actor’s death. Chakraborty has alleged that the medicines provided by Sushant’s sister combined with the joint given to him by the house help may have led him to take his life on June 14, 2020. The sisters, in their petition filed by advocate Madhav Thorat, have cited discrepancies in Chakraborty’s statement in the complaint and in an interview to say that the “complaint is an afterthought and only filed to digress the investigation in the death of the late actor.” They have further cited a 91-day delay in registration of FIR. The petition claims that the prescription by Dr. Kumar is covered under the Telemedicines Guidelines and Telepsychiatry Operational Guidelines, adding that there isn’t an iota of evidence which shows that the prescription is forged. The sisters have accused Rhea of filing the FIR for “ulterior motives” and purely to settle scores for registration of FIR against Chakraborty, which finally culminated into CBI taking over the investigation. It also states that they have been under constant media glare after the late actor’s death and “aspersions” cast on them will have a longstanding effect on their lives. In its reply to the HC, the CBI said the Mumbai Police’s decision to register the FIR was done so with “total disregard to the law”. The CBI claimed that two FIRs cannot be registered to report one incident and they were already investigating the cause of Rajput’s death. CBI accused the Mumbai Police of malafide prosecution. Meanwhile, a team from AIIMs has given their opinion to the CBI, stating that Rajput died due to hanging. But the CBI is yet to conclude their investigations into the actor’s death. The Mumbai Police has defended their decision to register the FIR and submitted that both the FIRs are neither against the same accused, nor alleging the same version or conspiracy. Therefore, the FIR does not violate the sisters’ fundamental rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Moreover, the Mumbai Police immediately transferred the FIR to the CBI. In her original complaint, Chakraborty says, “On June 8, 2020, Rajput showed me the messages he and his sister Priyanka had exchanged in which Priyanka sent him a list of medicines to take. I explained to Rajput that he has already been prescribed medicines by doctors who are treating him,” …”He, however, disagreed with me and insisted that he would only take the medicine his sister was prescribing,” she adds. The actress has claimed read more

Ladbrokes Coral prepares for FOBT cuts with best-odds extension

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon In a move to counter the impact of cuts to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) stakes, Ladbrokes and Coral have announced that they will be extending their best-odds guaranteed offer across all over-the-counter bets.Customers of both operators, which act as one under the umbrella of GVC Holdings, will be able to take advantage of the offer from 8 am every day.The offer will now include lay-to-lose bets, however will only be eligible for the first £100 of a particular wager. When speaking to the Racing Post, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director Simon Clare, commented: “This is the biggest racing offer ever to hit the high street, and is a clear signal of our intent as we face up to a new era for betting shops from April 1. “There is no question that a seismic change in our betting shop business is going to occur when the FOBT stake restrictions come into force, but we are now taking pre-emptive action with the launch of this significant betting shop offer, which will boost our horse racing business and also our betting shop footfall as we prepare for the challenge ahead.”To ensure that the news of the offer extension is spread quickly, the two companies are set to place significant focus upon marketing programmes and campaigns to be launched via the press, social media and betting shops.The cuts to FOBT stakes from £100 to £2, which are due to be implemented from April 1, are expected to result in a considerable drop in revenue for bookmakers across the country.  The legislation is predicted to result in the closure of around 1,000 betting shops according to Ladbrokes Coral.  Clare further added: “Whilst betting shops will inevitably close as a result of the changes to FOBT stakes, there is a huge opportunity to re-energise and refocus all those that remain to become ever more vibrant, social, sports betting hubs where people come to watch live sport and enjoy a flutter, and horseracing will be the most important sport of them all within this vision of the future.“By matching the universally popular best-odds guaranteed horse racing concession that exists online, we have removed a major disincentive to bet on horse racing in our betting shops versus online, and we hope this will lead to a significant upturn in racing business levels over the coming weeks and months.”last_img

Confusing Building Blocks with Life

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiologists and their uncritical reporters continue to commit a logical fallacy regarding necessary and sufficient conditions.Do ingredients necessitate products? If you have building blocks, can you assume they will assemble into buildings? They might just decay and rust. Building blocks are necessary—but not sufficient—conditions for buildings. In our common experience, intelligence is another necessary condition for a building, but even that may not be “sufficient”—you might need machines and muscle power, too. Yet over and over, the secular science news assume that “building blocks of life” will yield life without intelligence or directed work.Fluid mixing and the deep biosphere of a fossil Lost City-type hydrothermal system at the Iberia Margin (PNAS). This paper examines a hydrothermal system empirically, but includes the hydrobioscopic suggestion, “it has been suggested that mixing of serpentinization fluids with Archean seawater produced conditions conducive to abiotic synthesis and the emergence of life on Earth.” An uncritical report on Live Science talks about “brewing up some life” at hot vents, continuing the power of suggestion: “the new study hints at how life could form from a nonliving chemical soup.”Evidence of ancient life discovered in mantle rocks deep below the seafloor (Science Daily): More hydrothermal hope hype. Searching for the word “life” brings up the usual: building blocks of life, potential for life, ingredients to support life, prospects for life, hydrothermal systems on early Earth where life may have emerged, etc. Worst quote of all:The study reinforces the idea that life springs up anywhere there is water, even in seemingly hostile geological environments — a tantalizing prospect as scientists find more and more water elsewhere in the solar system.NASA Mulling Life-Hunting Mission to Saturn Moon Enceladus ( Are you ready to spend half a billion dollars looking for life at Enceladus or Europa (or both)? This article describes the imaginative missions NASA scientists have cooked up to travel a billion miles to Enceladus for the purpose of looking for life there, just because there is water coming out of geyser vents.Using traces of ancient comet to explore the history of the Solar System (PhysOrg): Here you find not only the phrase “building blocks of the solar system” but the sales pitch that studying comets is important because “comets could reveal extraordinary insights into the origins of the solar system and life itself.”Comet impacts cook up soup of life (BBC News): With absolutely no evidence of skill in the kitchen, the waiter hands the reader this glorious menu:New results show how collisions between comets and planets can make molecules that are the essential building blocks of life.This suggests that the chemistry needed to gather the molecular ingredients for life could be more common than previously recognised.Comet impacts may have led to life on Earth — and perhaps elsewhere (Science Daily): More suggestive phrases: building blocks of life, genesis of life, Early Earth at the time life first appeared, delivering the seeds of life to the early Earth, kick-start the whole process of life, etc.—based on what? The amino acid glycine in comet dust. Glycine is the simplest of the amino acids, yet they refer to it as one of the “complex molecules” necessary for life.Meteorite impacts can create DNA building blocks (Astrobiology Magazine): Tohoku University astrobiologists claim to create “two kinds of nucleobases and nine kinds of proteinogenic amino acids” in “simulations” of a meteor hitting the ocean. “The results suggest a new route for how genetic molecules may have first formed on Earth.” Too bad they would have been so diluted in the ocean as to vanish out of sight, assuming they survived for more than a day anyway.This is so tiring. It’s analogous to Soviet propaganda, played over loudspeakers day after day without let-up or contradiction. Glycine or a nucleobase is to life as a piece of PVC pipe or a brick is to a skyscraper. Can we please get some rationality back into science? Please read our book.last_img

Winter meeting season in full swing this month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest February looks like it will be the peak of the winter meeting season. We on the Agronomic Crops Team provide programs of interest to corn, soybean and wheat growers across Ohio. See our calendar for February: items of interest for February you will find:February 5, 12, 19 & 26 – the Central Ohio Agronomy School in Knox County; 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. each week.February 5 – Putnam County Agronomy Night; 6:00 p.m.February 6 – Soil Health Workshop in Woodville; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.February 7 – Software for developing nutrient management plans; Ottawa 9:30 a.m.February 9 – Northwest Ohio Crops Day; Deshler 8:30 a.m.February 9 –  Madison, Delaware and Union Farmers Breakfast; Plain City 9:00 a.m.February 13 – Controlling Your Problem Weeds; Marion County 1:00 p.m.February 14 – Weed Management 101; Willard 9:30 a.m.February 21 – Considering Organic? Urbana 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.More details about these events can be found at the AgCrops Calendar website: if this is your year to recertify for that Ohio Department of Agriculture card then check out the website,, for recertification dates in your area and to register for Pesticide Recertification and Fertilizer reCertification.Still need to get certified to apply fertilizer? You must attend a 3-hour program from Ohio State University Extension, or take the exam from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. To find a meeting for Fertilizer Certification training: if you plan to plant RR2Extend beans this year, then you will need to be licensed, trained and certified for that too as the soybean dicamba products are now Restricted Use Pesticides. Ask your seed dealer where the trainings are being held, you can also find some information on locations at our OSU website:

Moving Towards web3.0 Using Blockchain as Core Tech

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Blockchain Engineer. Backend Systems and Integration expert. Node.js expert. Published author. Founder of Codeforgeek. Related Posts Tags:#Blockchain#Internet#Web 3.0 The invention of Bitcoin and blockchain technology sets the foundations for the next generations of web applications. The applications which will run on peer to peer network model with existing networking and routing protocols. The applications where centralized Servers would be obsolete and data will be controlled by the entity whom it belongs, i.e., the User. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0As we all know, Web 1.0 was static web, and the majority of the information was static and flat.  The major shift happened when user-generated content becomes mainstream. Projects such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others are nominated as Web 2.0 sites where we produce and consume verity of contents such as Video, Audio, Images, etc.The problem, however, was not the content; it was the architecture. The Centralized nature of Web opens up tons of security threats, data gathering of malicious purpose, privacy intrusion and cost as well. The invention of Bitcoin and successful use of decentralized, peer to peer, secure network opens up the opportunity to take a step back and redesign the way our web works. The blockchain is becoming the backbone of the new Web, i.e., Web 3.0.History of blockchainThe invention of blockchain came to the mainstream after the boom of the Bitcoin in 2018. Have a look at the graph below; Bitcoin was at its peak around $20000. But the technologies that power the blockchain network is not something new. These concepts were researched and developed during the ’90s. Have a look at this timeline.The concepts, such as proof of work, peer to peer network, public key cryptography and consensus algorithms for distributed computing which powers the blockchain have been researched and developed by various universities and computer scientists during the ’90s.These algorithms and concepts are mature and battle-tested by various organizations. Satoshi Nakamoto combined these technologies and ideas together and built a decentralized, immutable, peer to peer database primarily used for financial purposes.Initially, we all thought that blockchain is suitable only for cryptocurrencies and not for other applications. This thought was challenged when Vitalik buterin developed the Etherum cryptocurrency with a new Smart contract feature.Smart contracts changed everything. The ability to code your own application and run on top of blockchain was the answer to critics who thought that blockchain is only for currencies. “Cryptocurrency is a small subset of the blockchain, like the Email of the internet.” The smart contracts open up the wave of new applications. The viral game cryptokitties showcases blockchain can handle large end applications such as games.Smart contracts are written in Solidity language and can be executed on Etherum network. The protocol and design of Etherum inspired the engineers to build an open source and blockchain agnostic platform to build decentralized applications.DApps protocolsAs I have mentioned earlier, Etherum smart contracts were among the first such technology that can be used to program the decentralized applications. The issue was that smart contracts were written by keeping transactions or money in mind. Developers need multiple tools to build a full-fledged web application such as storage (database, files, index, etc.), message queues or event queues to facilitate the communication. Etherum address these problems by introducing Etherum Swarm and Etherum Whisper projects.As you can see in the diagram above, With Etherum Smart contracts for writing contracts and swarm to store files that can be associated with contracts. To make the decentralized apps communicate with each other, Whisper can be used. All of these can run inside the decentralized browser such as Dbrowser.Swarm is a distributed storage platform for an ethereum stack. The core objective of Swarm is to provide decentralized storage for ethereum public records. Swarm is supposed to save the DApps code base and data associated with it.Swarm allows public participants to pool their storage and bandwidth resources to make the network robust and get paid in Etherum incentives. Fair deal.Ethereum whisper, in a nutshell, is a protocol for DApps running on Etherum blockchain to communicate with each other, similar to message queues or event queues. Whisper provides low-level API’s to support communication between DApps. You can learn more about it here.However, do you sense the limitations here? Well, the main issue is that this is entirely Etherum agnostic, i.e., all apps are written and run on top of Etherum blockchain. This change will increase the size of the chain significantly, and scalability will be an issue. Other than scalability, adaptability will be an issue as well. We need read more

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren ruled out for three weeks with pelvic injury

first_imgLiverpool’s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will be out of action for three weeks after aggravating a pelvic injury during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Juergen Klopp said.Lovren returned to Liverpool last week after helping Croatia reach the World Cup final but he hasn’t trained with the first team since then.”He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good,” Klopp told reporters after Liverpool beat West Ham United 4-0 in their Premier League opener.”Now in the World Cup, (playing) three times (for) 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks.”In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.”Lovren is likely to remain on the sidelines until after next month’s international break, which means he will miss Liverpool’s league matches against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City.Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk started for Klopp’s men in their Premier League opener on Sunday against West Ham and managed to keep a clean sheet.Mohammed Salah was on target again, giving Juergen Klopp’s side the lead after 19 minutes with a tap-in.Poor defending cost the London side a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position.advertisementSubstitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on near the end.West Ham’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini gave debuts to five of their 10 close-season signings but his revamped team rarely threatened Liverpool’s expensive new Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

TFA Elite Coach Course Pilot

first_imgTFA is hosting a pilot for the Elite Coach Course in Brisbane on Saturday, 23 January and Sunday, 24 January 2016. The course is for those who have completed the Talent Coaching Course at least 12 months prior.                                  Topics to be covered include:1.      Coaching Processes (including DISC profiling)2.      Team Dynamics3.      Skill Development – Movement, Ball, Rollball and Rucking4.      Attack Skills and Strategies5.      Defence Skills and Strategies6.      Athletic Performance7.      Coach Intervention and Game Analysis8.      Elite Game Plan9.      Athlete Management, TID and Selection10.    Coach Professional11.    Elite Game Concepts and StrategiesParticipants are required to complete the ASC Intermediate General Principles worksheets and submit prior to the course – the resources for this will be provided upon receipt of registration. The course cost is $319 including GST. This includes all materials, DISC profiling, venue, accreditation, access to Elite Coaching Resources online, and lunch on both days. Numbers are limited.If you previously completed the Level 2 course, please contact [email protected] as you will not need to complete the Elite course in full.                                                         To register please complete the following link:  If you require further information please contact TFA Sport Resources Manager [email protected] Related LinksElite Coach Courselast_img

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlist

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta adds Mourinho to shortlistby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are eyeing Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for a second spell.The Sunday Express says Inter are considering parting company Luciano Spalletti next summer after they crashed out of the Champions League and trail leaders Juventus by 14 points in Serie A.Mourinho is one of the names Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta is considering along with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte should they not extend Spalletti’s contract which runs out at the end of the season.Mourinho arrived at United in 2016 to replace Louis van Gaal and he won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.But this season has seen up upset with the United board over their failure to sign a central defender before the summer transfer window closed. last_img