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Call for lifting of stage of siege after week-long news blackout

first_imgNews News Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further News GuineaAfrica May 19, 2021 Find out more Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts April 15, 2021 Find out morecenter_img GuineaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders today called on the Guinean authorities to lift the state of siege that was proclaimed on 12 February, which has had the effect of imposing a complete news blackout by preventing newspapers and radio stations from working and by blocking Internet access.“Maintaining public order by gagging the news media is a dangerous measure, one that encourages rumours and violent clashes with the authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “After illegally punishing Conakry’s journalists, the army should lift the de facto censorship measures that prevent them from working freely and jeopardise the survival of the news media.”Only one music radio station, Nostalgie FM, is still broadcasting in Conakry. Liberté FM was forcibly closed on the morning of 12 February by a presidential guard unit that ransacked its studios, confiscated equipment and arrested two if its employees, presenter Mohammed Tondon Camara and technician David Camara, who were held for 24 hours and, one of them said afterwards, were subjected to physical mistreatment.Two other stations, Familia FM and Radio Soleil, stopped broadcasting on 12 February after receiving threats. The public broadcaster, Radiodiffusion Télévision Guinéenne (RTG), is only broadcasting the communiques issued by army chief of staff Gen. Kefala Camara and reports favourable to the army.No newspaper has been published in Conakry since the state of siege was declared. Even if there has been no public announcement of censorship measures, newspaper editors have been told that their content must be submitted to the military for approval. Street vendors are anyway refusing to distribute newspapers for fear of contravening army orders and exposing themselves to reprisals, and the only public outlet in Conakry has been closed since 12 February.The Internet has been inaccessible through Guinea’s four Internet Service Providers since 13 February. Internet cafes are closed and their owners say they could be raided and ransacked by the army if they tried to reopen. Organisation Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says Follow the news on Guinea February 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for lifting of stage of siege after week-long news blackout Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Administrators, students discuss suspension of Hong Kong study abroad program

first_imgIn a Nov. 20 press release, the University announced its decision to suspend Hong Kong study abroad programming for the 2020 spring semester, citing concerns for student safety as violence surrounding pro-democracy protests in the region has escalated. Fourteen students had planned to study at one of Notre Dame’s three Hong Kong study abroad programs, based at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Following the announcement, Notre Dame International (NDI) worked with affected students to offer them alternative study abroad experiences at different sites around the world, said Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.Cristina Interiano | The Observer “We are always monitoring events around the world. Our first and primary responsibility is to make sure our students are safe,” he said.Hong Zhu, senior director of global education, said this semester, one Notre Dame student was studying abroad in Hong Kong. As the protests escalated and began to disrupt classes, the institution the student was studying at, HKUST, announced it was allowing international students to leave early and complete their classes online. Zhu said NDI gave the student the option to either leave early or finish the semester in Hong Kong. The student ultimately opted to leave early, she said.Pippenger said the student’s return led NDI to have “a natural discussion” about the study abroad program in the spring, and the issue was considered from multiple angles.“We watched the events unfold in Hong Kong, and we saw that the protests and the government’s response to the protests was getting closer and closer to the heart of the university communities there,” he said. “We looked to see what was going on in the global education community with our peer institutions to see whether or not they were closing their programs and getting a sense of where and why.”Of the three Hong Kong universities affiliated with Notre Dame, only HKUST decided not to accept international students for the spring semester, but Notre Dame chose to suspend programming for all three institutions, Zhu said.“Based on all these facts, together we decided the best decision is to suspend all of them, not just one, and then try to place [the Notre Dame students] in other locations when it is still possible,” she said. “There’s too much uncertainty to continue in 2020 with the situation in Hong Kong and with what we have benchmarked.”The 14 students who had committed to the Hong Kong program for the spring semester were given four options for alternative study abroad sites. Zhu said six students chose to study in Galway, Ireland, four chose Rome, one chose Jerusalem and no one chose São Paulo. Three students opted to stay on campus for the spring semester. Although the official deadlines for enrollment in the other programs has passed, all students who chose an alternative site were enrolled in their program of choice within a week of the decision.Pippenger said Notre Dame’s decision to suspend the Hong Kong study abroad program came after Duke, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and other American institutions suspended their study abroad programs for the semester.The decision to suspend the program currently applies to only the spring 2020 semester, Pippenger said.“We would look jointly at what’s going on later in the spring to see if we would suspend the program again in the fall or if we would reopen it,” he said.Pippenger said NDI has cancelled study abroad programs in the past, such as a program in Egypt during the Arab Spring and a program in Japan following the 2011 earthquake, but neither he nor Zhu recalled a cancellation during either of their times with NDI.Junior Bradley Batas is one of the students who had planned to study abroad in Hong Kong in the spring. Batas said he and the other students planning to study in Hong Kong were informed of the suspension by email Nov. 16.“We didn’t really expect it to be officially cancelled, but we kind of had the feeling in the back of our minds that if things do get any worse, with all the things happening in the news, it was definitely a possibility,” he said. “It kind of did make things a pain, looking back at all the preparation we did, the flights that I booked, all the excitement which ended up building up, and then to have that all falling down in one day. At the same time, we got placed in other programs, so things kind of worked out.”Batas said he will be studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, next semester.Tags: Hong Kong, Notre Dame International, study abroadlast_img read more

Relaid greens don’t concern McIlroy

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy returns to the scene of his first PGA Tour victory this week, but a repeat of his spectacular closing 62 in 2010 might well be out of the question. “It’s no big deal, the rest of the golf course is in phenomenal shape and it’s going to be the same for everyone. The best player at the end of the week is still going to win. “If you start missing putts I guess you have to accept it. I don’t mind because I’m not a guy that relies on my putting per se, so it will eliminate quite a lot of the field and I don’t mind that at all.” As for the rest of his game, McIlroy believes it is in better shape than might be thought after a tie for 25th on his last appearance at the Masters last month. “I feel good,” added the Northern Irishman, who won five times around the world last year but has struggled to rediscover such form in 2013. “I had two sevens on the back nine on Saturday (at Augusta) but I played solid on Sunday, shot 69 and at least came away with some positives. I’ve done some good work with Michael (Bannon, his coach) in Florida last week, the game feels in good shape so hopefully I can continue that this week.” McIlroy found himself making headlines last week when R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said that there may be a rule which would take the difficult decision over who to represent at the 2016 Olympics out of McIlroy’s hands. The 23-year-old would be eligible for selection by either Great Britain or Ireland. Speaking last year, McIlroy said: “Whatever decision I make, whether that’s play for Ireland, play for Britain, not play at all maybe just because I don’t want to upset too many people….” Asked if not playing was a genuine possibility, he added: “For sure it’s definitely an option. I’ve got three options; I either play for one side or the other or I don’t play.” center_img Bad weather has taken its toll on several of the greens at Quail Hollow, with two of them – the eighth and 10th – dug up and relaid just a week before the start of the Wells Fargo Championship. All 18 bentgrass greens will be replaced with Bermuda grass when the tournament is over, but McIlroy is taking a light-hearted approach to the situation. “The greens are the best on tour usually, it’s just unfortunate that they are not quite up to the standard they usually are,” the world number two told a pre-tournament press conference. last_img read more

Boys soccer Warriors, Lakers, Mustangs have strong starts

first_img Tags: Bishop Luddenboys soccerMarcellusskaneatelesSolvayWest GeneseeWesthill The largest question in area high school boys soccer heading into 2019 centered around reigning state Class B champion Westhill, and whether it could stay on top after heavy graduation losses.At first, things weren’t that difficult as the Warriors beat Section X’s Salmon River 3-0 in its Aug. 29 season debut, and then would face Rome Free Academy last Wednesday afternoon.Making it back-to-back shutouts, the Warriors blanked the Black Knights 1-0, having Jackson Powers net the game’s only goal and then turning it over to the defense, who contained RFA as Ian Prebish, replacing Liam Robb in goal, recorded five saves. Few sides are better positioned to go after Westhill than Skaneateles. To test itself on Labor Day weekend, Skaneateles traveled to the Albany Area and faced two Section II Class AA opponents.The first part was rough, with the Lakers falling 5-0 to Shenendehowa, But Skaneateles turned it around on Aug. 31 to edge Saratoga Springs 1-0. Defenders Alex Arefyev and Landon Hellwig were superb and helped Andrew Neumann (who had eight saves) preserve the slim margin gained when Jack Donovan scored off a feed from Tylar Moss.Back home, Skaneateles leaned on Moss in a big way against Rochester’s Bishop Kearney (Section V) last Tuesday night, topping the Kings 4-0 at Hyatt Stadium.center_img Only ahead 1-0 at halftime, the Lakers got away from Kearney as Moss not only netted three goals for a hat trick, he assisted on Owen Cheney’s goal. Hellwig, Gavin Cheney and Colin Gaglione each had one assist as Neumann, to get the shutout, had to make nine saves.Then Skaneateles handled Blessed Virgin Mary 6-0 on Thursday, led by Owen Cheney, who had two goals and one assist. Gaglione, Ryan Willard, Cooper Purdy and Andrew Moss had the other goals, with Hellwig, Arefyev and Tylar Moss earning assists.West Genesee began Aug. 29 hosting Central Square and earned a 1-1 draw with the Redhawks. Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Josh Rialmuto’s goal, assisted by Tom Shields, pulled the Wildcats even, and 20 minutes of overtime could not settle matters.Then WG routed Fabius-Pompey 7-1 a day later, Shields proving difficult to contain as he notched two goals and two assists. Jesper Behr and David Puma each had one goal and one assist, with Josh Rimauldo, Ben Paoli and Sean Leonard also earning goals.In its SCAC Metro division opener on Thursday night, the Wildcats won again, handling Nottingham 4-1. Shields led the way, scoring twice and adding an assist as Paoli and Puma also found the net. Jadin Lyle and Justin Klaczko earned assists.Solvay has a new head coach, Terrance Case, and he had a successful debut on Aug. 29 as the Bearcats piled up goals in a 7-2 victory over the Onondaga Tigers.It was Jason Knickerbocker earning a three-goal hat trick, adding an assist. David O’Toole scored twice and got an assist, while David Booth and Nick Kumar got single goals and Ty Marnell finished with five assists.Prevailing again last Tuesday night, Solvay edged LaFayette 3-2, mainly due to the work of David Achull, who netted all three of the Bearcats’ goals as Dennis Achull and Dan Mrowinski picked up assists.Bishop Ludden, expected to challenge for sectional Class D honors, claimed a local rivalry in its opener last Tuesday night, the Gaelic Knights edging Bishop Grimes 3-2.The show belonged to Ludden forward Michael Gaughan, who was credited with all three of his team’s goals, earning a hat trick as Antonio Scutari and Liam Casey had one assist apiece.Ludden then lost by that same 3-2 margin to Phoenix on Thursday, with Casey and Mike Gagin earning goals, but the Firebirds seeing Sean Stevens score twice off feeds from Adam Hahn, who had the other goal.Then Ludden took on Solvay Saturday afternoon, a thrilling game that went 3-2 in the Gaelic Knights’ favor.Charlie Colella keyed Ludden’s effort, not only netting a goal, but assisting on scoring plays by Gaughan and Casey. That negated the goals put up by Achull and Ed Matysuk for Solvay, with Knickerbocker adding an assist.Jordan-Elbridge dropped its season opener 3-0 to Manlius-Pebble Hill, despite 17 saves from goalie Keegan Ferris, but then beat Port Byron/Union Springs 4-2 on Thursday as Mike Meyer got two goals and one assist. Brayam Gonzalez and Owen Barrigar also scored, with Richard Hill adding an assist and Ferris getting 13 saves.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more