One of Sudan’s leading dailies, Al-Ayam, which last month marked its 50th anniversary, has been suspended indefinitely on the order of the state prosecutor in charge of subversion crimes, Mohammed Farid Hassan, under Article 130 of the 1991 code of criminal procedure, paragraphs 1 and 3. The daily is accused of “threatening the security and stability” of the country. News SudanAfrica Organisation RSF_en News “This latest repressive campaign inflicted on the Sudanese press is particularly disturbing, all the more so since the security forces use draconian laws to silence independent publications and to ruin them financially”, said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “One month ago Sudan’s permanent mission to the UN in Geneva stated that there would be no further censorship or suspension of newspapers! As long as the existing draconian laws are not repealed and the security forces continue to crack down on the press, freedom of expression will remain under threat,” he added. SudanAfrica Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Mahjoub Mohamed Salih, editor-in-chief of Al-Ayam and a pivotal figure in the independent press, told Reporters Without Borders, “This step clearly shows the determination to sink the newspaper financially, otherwise the management would have been informed before going to press, that is before two in the morning.” ___________________18.11.2003New offensive against the independent pressOne daily newspaper suspended, two journalists arrested, four summonsedReporters Without Borders has called for the immediate reappearance of the Arabic-language daily newspaper Al-Ayam, which was suspended on 16 November, and has condemned harassment of journalists by the security services. November 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Ayam allowed to reappear April 10, 2020 Find out more Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal News News Prosecutor-general Emad Eddin Mahjub Mohamad cancelled on 22 November thesuspension of the independent daily paper Al-Ayam, which had been closedon 16 November by the country’s anti-subversion prosecutor. Ruling on anappeal by the paper, he said the suspension had been ordered byunauthorised people, implying that the security services and their ally,the anti-subversion prosecutor, were acting illegally to maintain theirpower over the press, which was taken away from them by presidential decreein August. to go further April 6, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Mr. Salih was summonsed by the prosecutor’s office on the 18 November along with journalist Murtada Al-Ghali. On 11 November, the state prosecutor in charge of subversion crimes summonsed former Al-Ayam staffer Hayder Almukashi and Al-Ayam journalist Tag Alsir Mekki, without giving any official reason. The authorities are obviously determined to gag any press that oversteps the official line on the peace agreement and particularly on events in South Sudan. Security forces arrested correspondents Gasim Tah, of Al Sahafa newspaper and Mouhanad Hussain of Akhbar Alyom at Niala on 15 November and released them the same day. The two journalists had been preparing a report on the torching by Arabic militia of two villages in South Darfour province. Follow the news on Sudan March 29, 2020 Find out more
Legislature Approves Bill Curtailing Solar Panel IncentivesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comA bill pushed by Indiana’s investor-owned utilities that would eliminate much of the financial incentive available to those who install solar panels is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk after it was approved on Monday by the Legislature.Republican State Sen. Brandt Hershman’s bill was given final passage when the Senate voted 37-11 to approve changes made to the measure in the House. Holcomb spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson declined to say if he will sign the bill into law, but she added that the Republican “has been watching the bill all session and will consider it carefully.”Solar energy accounts for less than 1 percent of Indiana’s power. But utilities worry the plunging cost of solar panels, as well as its growing popularity, could someday cut into their profits. Utilities say that will eventually lead to higher rates for customers.The measure also comes as utilities across the U.S. are looking to carve out their own share of the solar market. They are promoting an alternative to installing home solar panels called “community solar” that involves customers agreeing to buy or lease panels from the utilities on large panel farms.Critics say it all adds up to an effort by the utilities to muscle out small companies, threatening the 1,500 jobs the Solar Foundation estimated in 2015 that the industry had created in Indiana.At issue is a practice called “net metering,” which mandates that churches, businesses, schools and homeowners who install solar panels be compensated for any surplus energy they feed back onto the grid, unusually in the form of a credit on their power bill.Hershman’s bill would drastically curtail in five years the current “retail” rate of compensation, bringing it closer in line with the wholesale cost utilities pay for energy. The bill would allow those who install solar panels before 2018 to continue to collect the current rate for 30 years, while those who purchase panels after that, but before 2022, could collect the rate until 2032.Solar proponents say the current rate is needed to break even on an expensive investment. But Hershman, of Lafayette, says the rate of compensation should come down as the technology improves and it becomes easier to recoup costs.“This bill recognizes that solar is becoming an increasingly competitive means of generation and that’s a great thing,” said Hershman. “It’s taking off on its own.”Opponents, however, question the need for the bill, since current state law caps net metering once 1 percent of a utilities energy comes from an alternative energy source, like wind or solar.Kerwin Olson, of left-leaning utility watchdog group, Citizens Action Coalition, called the bill’s passage “an all out affront on Hoosier consumers and relegates Indiana to the backwaters of innovation.”Democrats objected to a provision in the bill which sets the new rate of compensation that will eventually be put in place. Rate setting should be done by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, said State Sen. Mark Stoops, of Bloomington, who noted that Hershman himself said the rate established by the bill was an “arbitrary” figure he picked.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Former Syracuse attack Alyssa Murray has accepted a volunteer assistant coaching job at Stony Brook, she confirmed with The Daily Orange on Friday. After spending the summer looking for assistant coaching positions, she was hired by the Seawolves, a school located just 25 miles from her hometown of West Babylon, New York. “As with many other young professionals, it was kind of difficult to find a job because of the demand out there,” Murray said. Murray said last season that she hoped to go into coaching after her Syracuse career ended, and added that she wanted to play somewhere in the southern United States. Murray led the Orange in scoring both her sophomore and junior seasons and finished her career with 362 points, which ranks second all-time in program history. She was also part of two teams that reached the national championship but came away empty-handed. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe said that since she’s a Long Island, New York, native she’s crossed paths with Stony Brook head coach Joe Spallina in the past. The most recent time was her four-goal, two-assist performance when SU beat the Seawolves 13-6 in the first round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, her fourth-to-last collegiate game. “I am so excited for what is next for me,” Murray said, “to be a part of the Stony Brook program.” Comments
Step aside, monarch butterflies: some of your fellow insects beat your distance flying wings down. The BBC News reported on findings by a biologist in the Maldives about dragonflies that migrate 14,000 to 18,000 km from southern India to East Africa and back – including 800 km over open sea. How these insects can navigate over open water is a mystery, but if confirmed, this feat by the dragonfly leaves the impressive Monarch migration in the dust. The biologist counted 5 species involved in the marathon. He figures it takes four generations of the insects to complete one circuit.Even after centuries of scientific exploration, there are more wonders around us than we can fathom. Let kids know they don’t have to be a Dawkins atheist to be involved in science. This story was a discovery of interest to all nature lovers, and it owed nothing to evolutionary theory. If we studied the technology built into these flimsy little flyers, we might learn a few things from them (e.g., 08/13/2004).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Banks No Longer Willing to Provide Construction LoansISSAQUAH, WA — Construction of the Z-Home project, a ten-unit zero-energy housing development in Issaquah, Washington, has been halted by the credit crunch, according to the Issaquah Press. The project’s two main developers are the City of Issaquah and Howland Homes of Shoreline, Washington, with further help from Puget Sound Energy, King County Built Green, and the Washington State University Energy Program.Among the planned features of the Z-Home buildings are 11-inch-thick cellulose-filled double-stud walls, ground-source heat pumps, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, and real-time energy monitors with living-room displays. Construction of the Z-Home townhouse project, touted as “the first multi-unit zero-energy project in the country,” was announced last fall before all of the necessary financing had been secured.“The day the stock market dropped 800 points was the day of our groundbreaking,” said Brad Liljequist, the Zero Energy Project Manager for the city of Issaquah. “It was stunning. Within a two-week period, we went from a number of banks saying, ‘Yes, we’re on board and we’re interested,’ to banks saying, ‘No, we can’t do it.’ ” Liljequist says that the planned October 2009 completion date for the Z-Home townhouses now “looks doubtful.”The Issaquah Press story quoted David Fujimoto, Issaquah’s resource conservation office manager. “The Bank of America is not doing any lending for home construction on the West Coast,” Fujimoto said. “It’s a volatile time.” For more information on Issaquah’s zero-energy project, visit www.z-home.org.
Sudhir Gautam has by now attained a super fan status in India. He is omnipresent wherever the Indian cricket team travels. Having found a sponsor for the World Cup, he has also travelled to the other side of the Pacific, Down Under.And he thrives on a nomadic existence. While the Indian cricketers overburdened with tours, make the most of days between tours, Sudhir is at unease doing the usual work for bread and butter in an off season. When he is clothed as an everyday man at work, he is still recognized. Selling food at stalls is something he has done during IPL games, but it’s clearly something that is not his calling. Also read: Virat Kohli promises aggressive brand of leadershipYearning for cricket to resume, he found an acquaintance happy to fund his Sri Lanka visit. And here he is at Galle, wearing that rare 187 numbered India white that’s otherwise the possession of a select few. And he goes hunting for that elusive artist who would help paint his body for match day.
Boxer Amit Panghal secured a 3-2 win in the 49kg category semi-final to become the only Indian to reach the final of the 18th Asian Games.Panghal defeated Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in a fiercely-contested on Friday.In a see-saw battle which swung decisively in his favour in the final three minutes, Amit recovered from a shaky opening round to assure himself of at least a silver on debut at the Games.The Filipino was aggressive but Amit too managed to connect just enough right straights to fetch a split verdict in his favour.Asian Games 2018, Day 13: Live UpdatesThe Armyman, who hails from Haryana, won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, besides a gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.Amit Panghal will face Rio Olympics gold medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final on Saturday at 12.30 pm IST.. #AmitPanghal is now one step away from Gold!Army man Amit beats Paalam Carlo of Philippines in a split verdict 3:2 to reach the final of #AsianGames2018 will face 2016 Olympic Champion Dusmatov Hasanboy of in themedal match. #PunchMeinHaiDum #goforgold pic.twitter.com/TQveb610TPBoxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 31, 2018Earlier, Vikas Krishan (75kg) settled for a bronze medal after he was declared medically unfit to fight his semi-final bout due to a cut on his left eyelid sustained earlier in the event.The 26-year-old was to take on Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan in his last-four clash Friday evening but has been forced out due to the injury, a source in the Indian contingent told PTI.advertisementHe sustained the cut during his pre-quarterfinal bout and the injury aggravated during his quarterfinal clash against China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan.He has, however, managed to script history by becoming the first Indian boxer to clinch three successive Asian Games medals.Vikas won a lightweight 60kg category gold in Guangzhou 2010, before winning a middle-weight bronze in the 2014 edition in Incheon.The former world championships bronze-medallist overcame the bleeding to assure himself a medal but was declared medically unfit for the semifinals by the team doctors.(With PTI inputs)
On Saturday, California Chrome became the 34th horse to win the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, and thus the 34th horse with a chance to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, to be held June 7. Of the 33 previous horses that had such an opportunity, 11 succeeded — from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978.The last 12 horses to win the Derby and the Preakness have failed to complete the Triple Crown, which has a historical success rate of 33 percent. The current slump is unlikely: The odds of it happening by chance are about 1 in 130 — nearly the same as the 2011 Atlanta Braves failing to make Major League Baseball’s playoffs with 18 games remaining and an 8.5-game lead for the wild card.Another way to assess the likelihood of the slump is to use the historical odds at the time each race occurred. For example, in 1979, when Spectacular Bid entered the Belmont with the Triple Crown at stake, about 52 percent (11/21) of such attempts had succeeded. The success rate for horses when Pleasant Colony entered the Belmont in 1981 was 50 percent (11/22). And before Alysheba’s attempt in 1987, it was 48 percent (11/23), and so on. (The results for this approach are below.)But the 12 races in question aren’t the only Triple Crown attempts to fall short: They’re the only ones we knew about at the time. What if time weren’t a constraint?In order, the Triple Crown races go, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Let’s ignore order. Since 1979, there have been five horses that won the Preakness and Belmont but came up short in the Derby — let’s call these failed “reverse” attempts. There have been two horses that won the Derby and the Belmont but not the Preakness — let’s call these failed “gutshot” attempts. (All seven horses ran in all three events.) This brings our total failed Triple Crown attempts since 1979 to 19.Between 1919 and 1978, horses actually converted atemporal Triple Crown attempts at a higher rate than temporal ones, winning their “final” leg in 55 percent of opportunities (33/60) versus 52 percent in the Belmont alone.Here are year-by-year cumulative odds for the temporal and atemporal slumps:Note that I used a logarithmic scale on the y-axis, so each gridline represents the event being 10 times less likely than the gridline below. From this perspective, the atemporal Triple Crown slump looks spectacular.If you think those figures seem ridiculous, let’s look at the odds posted by the favorites at the Belmont each year.The odds of all 11 horses that raced in the Belmont losing at their race odds (by chance) are only 1 in 20,000 — about the odds of a random pitcher throwing a perfect game on a given night (and that’s not counting I’ll Have Another, who in 2012 was 4:5 to win but scratched on race day).Although historically comparable pari-mutuel odds won’t be available until the Wednesday before the Belmont, various online/offshore futures markets list California Chrome at close to even money.This seems high relative to the overall Belmont conversion rate of 33 percent (much less the dismal rate in recent years), but there’s good news for California Chrome in our analysis as well. Factoring in atemporal Triple Crown attempts significantly increases the chances that the present slump has a legitimate cause, but it also mitigates the slump’s impact on the historical record. Including our 19 failed attempts since 1979, horses have converted 42 percent (33 of 79) of such opportunities.
Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba admits that he was “surprised” by Luis Enrique’s decision to not call-up him up for SpainThe 29-year-old was in impressive form for Barcelona in Sunday night’s 8-2 demolition of Huesca, which saw Alba score and set up two goals.But, despite his continued strong showings, Alba’s former Barcelona manager Enrique chose to leave him out of Spain’s 24-man squad for the upcoming international break.“It surprised me not to be called and I would have like to do. Everyone knows it a decision by the manager, and I must respect it,” said Alba, according to AS.“I don’t know why I’m not going. When I am bad, I can tell, and when I’m good too. I feel happy with the game we played.”⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ GOOAAAL BARÇA!! JORDI ALBA!! (7-2, min 82)?? #BarçaHuesca pic.twitter.com/GC7209iLs6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2018Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After scoring Barcelona’s seventh of the game, Alba covered his eyes and blew a kiss to the crowd.“I was dedicating it to my son, who is my happiness every day,” he said.“I’ve been at Barcelona for many seasons and like in the past, I have started well. It depends on him. My return to the national team doesn’t depend on me.”Alba had a difficult period working under Enrique at Barcelona.The left-back was left on the sidelines of Enrique’s final season in charge of the club after the coach switched his formation from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-3.Alba added: “I feel very good in every way and I don’t know what the manager will think. The same was I didn’t question when I went, I won’t question it not,”“I don’t have to call anyone to ask for explanations. I never spoke badly about Luis Enrique, nor did I have a bad relationship with him.“My comments in the past can be checked. I never said or thought he was a bad manager, to the contrary. I only said that I wanted to play more minutes.”
Inter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for his first Derby della Madonnina in an Inter jersey.He states that one can breathe the derby in the air.” The match will kick off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time and Politano has this following to say:“I am really excited and can’t wait for Sunday to come,” the former Sassuolo winger told Inter TV via Football Italia.Prade revealed Fiorentina wanted to sign Suso and Politano Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Fiorentina sporting director explained what players his team wanted to acquire but couldn’t, including Suso from AC Milan and Matteo Politano.“You can breathe the derby in the air. I’m so proud and am so fired up to get on that pitch. We’re coming off a good period of form and so are Milan. I expect a balanced game, but as with all derbies, there’s never a favourite.“Our fans are exceptional, they always pack the stadium and we are proud to represent all those people. We hope to make them proud of us in return on Sunday.”It could be tough set of games coming up for Inter, as they will face Barcelona in the Champions League and Lazio in Serie A.