New press card rules suspended

first_img to go further News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Organisation News Follow the news on Israel The Israeli government has suspended controversial new press card rulesunder which the Shin Beit secret police would vet all applicants. The headof the Government Press Office, Daniel Seaman, said on 11 November that themeasure, which he announced a week ago and was widely criticised as anattack on press freedom, had been put off so the government could consultIsraeli media chiefs._____________________________4.11.2003Cancellation of strict new press card rules urgedReporters Without Borders expressed great alarm today at new rules in Israel for accrediting journalists, who would have to be cleared by the Shin Beit state security police, and called for them to be immediately dropped as a serious threat to press freedom and flagrant violation of journalists’ rights. The new rules, which would take effect on 1 January, apply to all journalists – foreign, Palestinian and Israeli – working in Israel.”Having Shin Bet approve applications for press cards is totally undemocratic and harmful to press freedom,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Already Israel is the only democratic country where such cards are issued by a government agency rather than by elected journalists’ representatives. “Now, for alleged security reasons, the authorities want to decide who can or cannot work as a journalist and therefore bar some Israeli and foreign journalists from covering the Palestinian conflict.”Many Israeli and foreign journalists variously told Reporters Without Borders that the new rules were a “dangerous”, “pathetic,” “hypocritical” or “anti-freedom” attempt to gag the media.Some of the Israeli journalists said the kind of information demanded by the Government Press Office (GPO), such as the name of a person’s grandfather and the topics a journalist would cover, was excessive. They were also outraged that Shin Beit would become, in effect, the press card issuing authority when it was a major Israeli institution liable to media scrutiny.Writing about it would now mean risking cancellation of one’s press card when it came up for annual renewal, they said, so the new rules would automatically intimidate the media.A press card issued by the GPO is needed for any reporting in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, especially for passing through Israeli military checkpoints, so the GPO already has arbitrary power, in the name of “security,” over who covers the conflict in the Israeli-controlled area.The new rules also increase existing discrimination against Palestinian journalists. Section 3H of the GPO’s new rules says “residents or citizens of an area in armed conflict with the state of Israel” will not be issued with press cards. Since 1 January 2002, the GPO has refused to renew the press cards of the vast majority of Palestinian journalists, including those working for foreign media. A press card is not always demanded of journalists working for major Israeli media but foreign and Israeli freelances must have one. GPO director Daniel Seaman’s decision to reduce the number of press cards issued to Israeli journalists shows the government’s intention to pick and choose who becomes a journalist on the basis of secret and even political reasons. This could hit the left and far-left media hard. News November 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New press card rules suspended Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ADNOC to invest $489mn to upgrade Bab onshore field

first_img Image: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company announces significant investment to upgrade its giant Bab onshore field. Photo: courtesy of ADNOC. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced an investment of AED 1.8bn ($489mn) to upgrade its Bab onshore field in UAE.Located 160km southwest of Abu Dhabi city, the funding will re-vitalise the company’s first field producing Murban grade crude to sustain long-term crude oil production capacity.It further strengthens ADNOC’s pledge to maximising value from Abu Dhabi’s vast hydrocarbon resources as it delivers its 2030 smart growth strategy.A subsidiary, ADNOC Onshore, has granted 39-month engineering, procurement, and engineering contract to Greek company Archirodon Construction Overseas to maintain long-term crude production capacity at the field at 485,000 barrels per day.ADNOC’s Upstream Directorate executive director said: “The Bab field is integral to our strategy to create a more profitable upstream business and this award will ensure that we sustain long-term oil production capacity from a maturing field, underlining our commitment to making smart investments and engaging value-add partners to unlock and maximize value from Abu Dhabi’s vast hydrocarbon resources.”The scope of the upgradation project comprises the expansion of oil producing wells, water injection wells, artificial lift wells, well-bays, let down stations, water injection clusters and other infrastructure required to maintain the production capacity of the field.ADNOC Onshore CEO Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei said: “The Bab field already plays an important role in supporting ADNOC’s production capacity mandates and this upgrade complements ADNOC’s upstream growth plans.“The project will enable us to minimize life-cycle costs on the field and will deploy cutting-edge technologies to allow us to progressively and efficiently unlock the full potential of the field’s existing assets and wells, while tapping into new reservoirs to sustain long-term production output.”More than AED 1.35 billion ($367 million) expected to flow back into the UAE’s economy over the lifetime of the projectWith over AED1.35 billion ($367 million) anticipated to be generated into the UAE’s economy over the lifetime of the project, the award will give a boost to the country’s products and services and produce further skilled employment opportunities for UAE locals.The development of the Bab field comes two years after ADNOC Onshore awarded a contract to increase the capacity of the field from 420,000 to 450,000 bpd by 2020.ADNOC is aiming to produce an oil production capacity of 4 million barrels of oil per day (mmbpd) by the end of next year and 5mmbpd by 2030. The funding will re-vitalise ADNOC’s first field producing Murban grade crude to sustain long-term crude oil production capacitylast_img read more

Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman & More Win Big at Honeymoon in Vegas

first_img Related Shows The Nederlander Theatre looked a whole lot like the set of TV’s Taxi on November 23, 2014! Legendary screen couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman stopped by to catch the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas, starring their old Taxi pal Tony Danza! After the show, DeVito and Perlman headed backstage with their daughter Lucy and her best friend, actress Geraldine Hughes, to meet the whole cast. Honeymoon star Rob McClure’s wife, Allegro’s Maggie Lakis, was also on hand to meet the stars. Check out these sweet snapshots of the starry reunion, then see Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway! View Comments Honeymoon in Vegas Danny DeVito Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015last_img read more

Talented tandem of Olsen and Dissly at tight end for Seattle

first_img FOLLOW US First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experience.Not better than what he had in his previous stops in Chicago or Carolina — both places he thoroughly enjoyed. Just different.“There’s a lot of energy, as you said. The first day I’m looking around like, ‘What the hell?’” Olsen said of his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s just not something I’m used to. But it’s fun. It’s contagious. You find yourself really enjoying practice, really looking forward to practice. The coaches are into it. The staff is into it. I mean, if you’re on the field, everyone at any moment could bust into a celebration.”Olsen decided in the offseason to stay on the field and not move to the press box quite yet, hoping to prove, even at 35 years old, he can still be one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.But he’ll be part of a deep group of tight ends with the Seahawks that also includes the return of Will Dissly after his previous two seasons were cut short by major injuries.“The best thing is they’re both the same type of guy,” Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “They’re all in. They love it. They love to compete. They love football. Football is important to them. It’s not about them, they’re very selfless. So yes, it is exciting.”It’s a position of great depth for Seattle that goes beyond just Olsen and Dissly. Seattle also brought back Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson and took rookie Stephen Sullivan late in the draft as a developmental project.But Olsen and Dissly will be the primary options. For Olsen, it’s his first training camp in a different location since 2011, when he first arrived in Carolina. So acclimating to a new camp has been part of the challenge on top of learning Seattle’s offense.“It’s probably as talented a group as I’ve been in from top to bottom,” Olsen said. “We’re getting six guys reps, which is probably the most in any camp that I’ve been a part of.”Olsen hasn’t played a full season since 2017, but last year appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and had 52 receptions. He may not be the target he was in the mid-2010s, when he had four straight seasons of more than 70 receptions, but with how Seattle uses the tight end in its offensive packages he can still be a major factor.Dissly had his rookie season in 2018 cut short after just four games because of a torn patellar tendon. He rehabbed to get himself ready for the 2019 season, only to have his second year end after six games due to an Achilles tendon injury. When he got hurt against Cleveland, Dissly already had 23 receptions and four touchdowns and was on his way to a breakout type season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the reports he received from where Dissly did his rehab work in Southern California were unlike any he’d heard before. Dissly was determined not to be limited when the Seahawks began training camp earlier this month.“We’re thrilled about Will’s progress,” Carroll said. “But then again because of the way he’s been, I’m not surprised that somebody would say that he’s been the hardest worker, the most diligent grittiest guy that they’ve ever seen come through the program.”Dissly said having consecutive seasons cut short by major injuries was tough mentally, but going through the rehab work on his knee helped in committing to what was needed to recover from the Achilles injury.“Everyone was there for me, giving me support, telling me I could do it and just encouraged me to stay strong and be positive,” Dissly said. “It was hard to stay in the dumps when you had that much support. Once we got the ball rolling, it was kind of go into to work mode. Surgery was really successful and then it was just my job to get back and prove those people right that were counting on me to get back.”NOTES: Seahawks SS Jamal Adams practiced Tuesday with a large protective wrap around his left hand. It did not affect his ability to take part in practice and Carroll is expected to address Adams’ situation after the team’s second scrimmage on Wednesday. … WR Phillip Dorsett missed his second straight practice with a sore foot.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST Talented Tandem Of Olsen And Dissly At Tight End For Seattle When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experiencelast_img read more

59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on

first_img29 Sep 2015 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on The first phase of 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf, the governing body for English amateur golf, has been completed at 10 clubs in the Midlands. 59Club, Europe’s leading customer service analysts and training consultants, assisted with the England Golf project in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership. The 10 clubs each took advantage of 59Club’s in-depth mystery shopper experience, comprising an initial new member enquiry call, a show-round visit, a society call and a full visitor experience. In addition each received a full-day’s training on ‘best practice’ from 59Club’s team of experienced trainers. This enabled analysis of sales systems and customer service levels, including those offered to non-members who visit as day guests. 59Club will now supplement the first phase with member surveys to establish viewpoints of existing members. The partnership between the two organisations supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan – Raising Our Game – which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. England Golf’s project to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership involves working intensively with clubs and county organisations in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire over two years. Clubs receive increased business support, including marketing and training, and have the opportunity to test new ideas to see if they make the game more accessible and membership more attractive, such as shorter and faster formats of the game, different types of membership and improved customer service. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support, said: “We are delighted that clubs have been able to take advantage of 59Club’s expertise to strengthen their customer service and make sure their members and guests enjoy a great experience. This is absolutely critical to successfully recruiting and retaining members.”  One of the clubs involved in the pilot project was Henley G&CC, in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, and general manager Adrian Cooper was effusive in his praise of the experience. He said: “As a new general manager it was good to be able to see how we were performing in relation to our competitors and the market leaders. To have that information, as a benchmark, after just a few months in the job was very, very beneficial. “We also benefited from a full day’s training with 59Club, but the angle they took made it feel more a part of a plan we were rolling out, rather than a traditional training seminar. And, consequently, the staff here have really embraced it. I’ve found it really good as I’ve been able to combine my sales background with strategic input afforded from 59Club.” 59Club director Matt Roberts added: “Once we have completed the member surveys for the initial 10 clubs we will take the partnership with England Golf to the next stage and look forward to welcoming more clubs into the fold. We have been delighted to hear the positive comments from the clubs we’ve been working with and are pleased they have found it so beneficial. We are enjoying our role within the ‘Raising our Game’ initiative and look forward to measuring the fruits of our labour.” 59Club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals. The industry experts at 59Club are on hand to provide support and assistance for all golf and leisure businesses keen to develop customer service and sales systems. Its products and insight provide measurable indicators which allow you to exploit every opportunity presented to each department within your club, from the sales team, front-line operators and those responsible for member and visitor retention. For further information visit www.59club.comlast_img read more

West Virginia tries to bounce from awful 2013

first_imgPitt transfer Rushel Shell should help the Mountaineers running attack. (Courier File Photo)Coach Dana Holgorsen needs no reminder about the lack of success he’s seen on the field since ushering in West Virginia’s move to the Big 12.Hired to make the Mountaineers a national fixture, Holgorsen brought immediate success with a Big East title and resounding Orange Bowl win over Clemson in the 2011 season. But the last two years mostly have been a disappointment and Holgorsen is hoping some changes to his defensive staff can help bring immediate results.West Virginia is 11-14 since moving to the Big 12 in 2012. The Mountaineers must show significant improvement on both sides of the ball to bounce back from a 4-8 finish — the school’s first losing season since 2001 — that included November losses to lowly Kansas and Iowa State.“We need to stay the course, continue to develop our talent, continue to recruit better, and then we’ll win those games,” said Holgorsen, who is entering the third year of a six-year contract that pays him at least $2.7 million in salary and bonuses. “Hopefully we can put a season together that everybody will be proud of.”He’ll have to do that by withstanding a tough early schedule, score points with no consistent returning playmakers on offense and get more out of a defense that’s been simply porous for two straight seasons.Athletic director Oliver Luck said last December that while he believed in the abilities of the coaching staff, he expects better results. Holgorsen is aiming for that in part by shoring up the number of players who will be ready at each position.“The chemistry and the continuity right now is better than it’s been since I’ve been here,” Holgorsen said.___Here are 5 things to watch for from the Mountaineers in 2014:BANKING ON TRICKETT: Holgorsen anointed Clint Trickett as starting quarterback in June. Holgorsen said Trickett, who had offseason shoulder surgery, “is light years ahead of where he was last year” after transferring from Florida State and becoming eligible to play immediately. Although he was mediocre at times in seven starts and threw just seven touchdown passes with seven interceptions, Trickett led the Mountaineers to a 30-21 win over Oklahoma State. His backups are Paul Millard, who started three games last year, and junior college transfer Skyler Howard.CROWDED BACKFIELD: Five running backs are looking to replace departed 1,000-yard rusher Charles Sims. Pittsburgh transfer Rushel Shell sat out last season after rushing for 641 yards as a freshman for the Panthers in 2012. Junior Andrew Buie, who left school last fall and re-enrolled in January, led the Mountaineers in rushing in 2012. Junior Dustin Garrison, the top ball carrier in 2011, is back after two injury-plagued seasons. Dreamius Smith was the second-leading rusher behind Sims with 494 yards. Wendell Smallwood, who ran for 221 yards as a freshman, is focused on football again after witness tampering charges against him were dropped last month in a case in Delaware.CHALLENGING START: West Virginia’s schedule is front-loaded with tough tests against Alabama on Aug. 30 in Atlanta, the Sept. 6 home opener against FCS runner-up Towson, a Sept. 13 road game against a Maryland team that beat West Virginia 37-0 last year, and the Big 12 opener at home Sept. 20 against Oklahoma.SHORE UP THAT DEFENSE: West Virginia surrendered 33 points per game last season, ranking 99th in the Bowl Subdivision. Tony Gibson was promoted to defensive coordinator after Keith Patterson left for Arizona State and the Mountaineers hired former longtime Penn State assistant Tom Bradley to oversee the defensive line. West Virginia must replace six starters from the unit that allowed 455 yards per game and surrendered four second-half leads in its final six games.UNHAPPY RETURNS: West Virginia will try to infuse some life in its return game. The Mountaineers averaged a league-low 3 yards on punt returns and 18.6 yards on kickoff returns in 2013. Freshman quarterback William Crest is among those who could get some special teams work, although for now Holgorsen is looking at wide receivers Jordan Thompson and Mario Alford for returning punts, and running back Wendell Smallwood, Alford and Thompson on kickoffs.last_img read more

U14 Selects earn silver at 3-Blind Refs tournament in Montana

first_imgTaylor Zimmer, Laurel Halleran, and Jessie Van Donselaar struck for the Selects, with Van Donselaar coming into a large degree of praise from her coach.”She was essentially unplayable today” said Harvey, “and on this form she will be a significant factor in our Provincial playdown games next weekend.” With their next match not till 1230pm on Sunday morning, the girls could afford to have some extra sleep and a leisurely breakfast before heading into their third match, a tense one versus playdown rival KEYSA Rovers from Cranbrook.With many motivational words ringing in their ears from their loud & abrasive coach, Nelson controlled the match from start to finish and won 2-0 to grant passage to the final that afternoon. Megan Tennant and Marley Reynold scored the goals, and Amy Hodgson & Jasmine Faulkner also added goals that were disallowed for minor infractions.Assistant Coach Pat Hodgson was delighted with the result, remarking that “we showed them what we are capable of, and although Rovers gave it an earnest effort, the quality of our play was fantastic today.” The Selects lined up on Sunday afternoon to play against Electric City Soccer Club from Great Falls, Montana in the final. Nelson got off to a flyer, with an early goal from Emma Wheeldon giving the Selects the lead, however some suspect decisions then started to go against the Selects, one of which lead to the tying goal before the end of the first half.Despite holding the majority of possession, Nelson couldn’t translate that stat into further goals, and the match ended 1-1 & went to extra-time, which solved nothing, followed by the dreaded penalty-kick shoot out.Having never been in that particular situation before, the girls couldn’t keep their nerve, and lost the shoot out 3-0, despite the best efforts of Nelson keeper Ava Strautman. Harvey was disenchanted at the end of the match, “We were better than them in every aspect of the game, and it’s a big disappointment to lose in that manner, especially when comparing our style of soccer to theirs, but I give them and their keeper all the credit in the world for being able to neutralize us after our first goal. Although the ref wasn’t our friend on the day and it affected our game to a degree, our girls will bounce back from this even stronger from the experience.” The U14s will now prepare for the next weekend, where they will play on Sunday in Fruitvale against regional rivals Kootenay South and KEYSA Rovers for the opportunity to represent the Kootenays at the Provincial Finals July 4-7 in North Vancouver. The Nelson Selects U14 Girls tuned up for the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup Playdowns by scoring a silver medal at the “3 Blind Refs” tournament in Kalispell, Montana. A last minute schedule and group change threw the girls into some early morning disarray with their first match against Flathead Soccer Club from Kalispell, as an 8 a.m. kickoff time and a lack of sleep proved to be immense hurdles for the Selects to overcome, as they lost the match 2-0. “We came out looking rather lethargic.”  said head coach Iain Harvey, “and we paid the price despite my feeling that we were much the better side.” Nelson’s second game had them resorting back to their form from the Terry Walgren tournament, as they brushed aside Fernie United 3-1 without really ever getting out of second gear.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to afford one of its last civic receptions to one of its best-known citizens – shopkeeper Paddy Delap.Paddy with one of his biggest fans, cyclist Phillip Deignan.The well-known businessman, who runs Clarke’s Newsagents at Lower Main Street, will be given the honour on Thursday next, May 15th.Paddy is being given the honour in recognition of his contribution to his community and also to his involvement with the Sligo to Letterkenny Charity Cycle. The charity cycle has raised a staggering €500,000 in the past 21 years in aid of Cancer Research.The reception will take place at the council chamber at 7pm.And Paddy, a staunch Man Utd fan, has even said that Liverpool fans will be welcome.  LETTERKENNY TO GIVE A CIVIC RECEPTION TO ONE OF ITS BEST-KNOWN CITIZENS was last modified: May 9th, 2014 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:civic receotionLetterkenny Town CouncilPaddy Delaplast_img read more

Rajya Sabha member wants to modify National Anthem

first_imgCongress MP Ripun Bora, on Friday, introduced a Private Members’ Bill in Rajya Sabha to modify the National Anthem. The MP from Assam wants to add North East in the National Anthem and remove “Sindh”.Mr. Bora had brought a Private Member resolution with the same demand in 2016. The North East is an important part of India but doesn’t find mention in the National Anthem, Mr. Bora had said. The draft resolution had observed that the then President of India Rajendra Prasad had said in a statement on January 24, 1950, that alterations in the words of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ may be authorised by the Government of India “as occasion arises.”“There is no mention of the North East in the National Anthem but has the mention of Sindh, which is now part of Pakistan. Why are we glorifying a place of a hostile nation? There is no point,” he had told PTI in 2016.Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’ in 1911 in Bengali and it was adopted as the National Anthem in 1950. Sindh province of undivided India went to Pakistan after the Partition. However, the word continues to be a part of the National Anthem. Union Minister Arvind Sawant also sought the removal of ‘Sindh’ from the National Anthem in 2016. Mr. Sawant, then a Shiv Sena MP in Lok Sabha, made the submission during Zero Hour on March 1, 2016. However, the Sindhi community living in India were unhappy with it as they feel Sindh represents Indus civilization and not the Pakistani province. Lakhu Luhana of the World Sindhi Congress, during an interview with ANI, said that though Sindh was a part of Pakistan now, most Sindhis don’t associate themselves with that country.Parliament allows individual members to introduce Bills. These Bills are usually discussed on Fridays. The Private Members’ Bills go through the same cycle as government Bills but have rarely been passed in any House. The last instance of a Private Member Bill being passed in a House was in 2015 when Rajya Sabha passed DMK member Tiruchi Siva’s The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014. The Bill is pending in Lok Sabha for the past four years. In the meantime, the government had introduced its version of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, in the lower House. The Bill after getting approval from Lok Sabha in December 2018, had lapsed and would now have to be re-introduced in Parliament again.last_img read more