Non-Aligned summit promises already forgotten as one journalist is arrested and another goes on hunger strike in prison

first_img Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the renewed harassment of independent journalists with Odelín Alfonso’s arrest by state security agents at his Havana home on 16 September and the stalled verdict in the trial of Alberto Gil Triay Casales, who began a hunger strike on 13 September in Valle Grande prison in west Havana in protest against the seven-year sentence he faces on a charge of “subversive propaganda.”“We firmly condemn the arbitrary arrest of Alfonso, who was already detained by the National Revolutionary Police in May,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are also worried about the fate of Triay Casales, who health is deteriorating. He has had several heart attacks and has high blood pressure. He also has a serious hip problem that could leave him disabled if it is not treated properly.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the Cuban authorities to release these two journalists in accordance with the human rights commitments it made at the end of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Havana.”A correspondent for the Miami-based news website Cubanet, Alfonso was previously arrested by the political police in May and ordered to put a stop to his journalistic activities. He was also told he would go to prison if he did not stop working as self-employed electrician. Alfonso said he did not comply with these demands.The founder of the Estrella Solitaria information centre, Triay Casales, 55, wrote articles every week for Payolibre, another Miami-based website. Following his arrest on 9 November, he was held for 20 days at the Department for Technical Investigation. He was hospitalised after several heart attacks and then transferred in early December to Valle Grande prison. His trial took place on 22 June, but no verdict or sentence has been announced. Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Organisation News CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en Receive email alerts Newscenter_img RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more September 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Non-Aligned summit promises already forgotten as one journalist is arrested and another goes on hunger strike in prison October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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John Muir High School Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News College Access Plan (CAP), a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has had the honor of supporting hundreds of underserved students who attend Pasadena’s public schools as they reach for their college dreams. This year, CAP assisted three students, Kimberly Mejia, Logan Patton, and Cecilia Valle, who were all selected as finalists for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS).Thousands of underrepresented minority students apply each year for the opportunities the GMS program offers. According to the GMS website, the program “selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.” Gates Scholars receive “personal and professional development through…leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.” (http://www.gmsp.org/).CAP is proud to announce that Kimberly Mejia has officially been named a Gates Scholar!Kimberly, who attends John Muir High School, first came to CAP as a freshman participant in CAP’s Footsteps to College leadership program, which encourages students to be leaders around the issue of college attendance at their school and provides participants with college readiness resources and individualized staff support. Logan and Cecilia began attending CAP as juniors, and all three students regularly attend CAP’s drop-in after school program at Muir, which runs in partnership with the PasadenaLEARNs after school program. The Gates application process includes writing eight personal essays and submitting transcripts and multiple recommendation letters, and all three students worked diligently through this challenge with support and cheering-on from CAP’s staff, their teachers, and their counselors.When she was named a finalist, Kimberly told CAP, “In December, I was on the verge of deciding not to finish the [Gates Millennium] application. It was a very intimidating application, but I received so much support from CAP. I can’t believe that I almost did not submit the application because now I am a finalist!”Now an official Gates Scholar, Kimberly, who has also won scholarships from the National Elks Foundation and was named an Edison Scholar, is deciding between UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as her top schools to attend next year. Logan is deciding between UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, and Cecilia will attend Cal Poly Pomona as an Electrical Engineering major this fall.About College Access PlanCollege Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, Pasadena LEARNs, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost drop-in college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at four PUSD high schools as well as at Washington Middle School. CAP’s programs are open to all students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures. Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Education John Muir High School Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 | 2:26 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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Future bright for England as youngsters beat USA on Rooney farewell

first_img“It has been a brilliant year no matter what happens on Sunday. We’ve had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results,” said Southgate.“But everybody wants to get to a semi-final out of a very tough group so it would be a really big step forward.”As Rooney and Kane watched on from the bench for the first 45 minutes, Wilson was handed his chance to impress on his international debut, while Jadon Sancho was given his first start.England quickly put the game to bed with two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half as firstly Lingard received Dele Alli’s pass before curling high into the far corner.Sancho has quickly made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund and the 18-year-old built on his fine Bundesliga form by teeing up Alexander-Arnold to drill his first international goal into the far corner.As planned, Rooney got the chance to add to his 53 international goals and was handed the captain’s armband one last time when he entered on 58 minutes.He didn’t get the fairytale ending as Brad Guzan made a fine save to the crowd’s dismay in stoppage time.However, Wilson did get his goal to cap a dream debut for the Bournemouth striker, who has battled through the lower leagues and two cruciate ligament injuries in both knees to make it to the international stage.Wilson got ahead of his marker to turn Fabian Delph’s cross in at the near post 13 minutes from time. Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney believes the future is bright for England as a youthful Three Lions eased past the United States 3-0 at Wembley on his international swansong on Thursday.Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side.Should England avenge their heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, Southgate’s men can build on the progress made by surpassing expectations in Russia this summer by qualifying for the semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League.“It’s my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week,” said Rooney.“The way they are being coached is brilliant, it’s a great group of young players who have a bright future.“They will go close to being the next team to bring a trophy back for England.”The decision to honour Rooney with a first cap for two years divided opinion.However, the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the introduction of England’s greatest ever goalscorer just before the hour mark on his 120th international appearance.“It will live with me for a long time,” added Rooney.“It is something which created debate because it was the first time something like this happened, but it is the right thing to do for the players if you achieve and leave your mark on the England team.”England’s former captain was also honoured before kick-off with a guard of honour and the presentation of a plaque bearing a golden Three Lions badge by current skipper Harry Kane.“I asked Harry Kane to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record and I look forward to presenting him with the trophy,” added Rooney.Kane didn’t get the chance to add to his 19 international goals as Southgate prioritised keeping most of his key players fresh for Croatia’s visit on Sunday.last_img read more

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Real Madrid draw Barcelona in Copa del Rey semis

first_imgSantiago Solari’s side will hope victories in the Copa del Rey can have a knock-on effect in the league, however, where Barca have been unflappable over the past two months, winning eight matches on the spin.The opener at the Camp Nou will present Madrid with a chance to avenge their 5-1 hammering there in October too, a result that led to Julen Lopetegui being sacked as coach.They reached the Copa del Rey semis after completing a 7-3 aggregate victory over Girona on Thursday while Barcelona pulled off a brilliant comeback to beat Sevilla, overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 at the Camp Nou.Valencia continued their own resurgence by scoring two late goals to overcome Getafe on Tuesday and Real Betis needed extra time to knock out Espanyol.Each sitting on 29 points in La Liga, Valencia and Betis played out a goalless draw when they met at Mestalla in September and both will fancy their chances of making the final.Betis also have added motivation in this year’s competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.“For everyone, and above all the fans, it would be an extraordinary way to finish the season,” Betis coach Quique Setien said earlier this week.“To play the final in your home stadium, on your home pitch, and with your fans in your own stands — we know half the city would be there to support.” FILE PHOTO: El Classico Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid will face defending champions Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.The draw made on Friday means there will be back-to-back Clasicos, with the second leg due to take place in the last week of February, before Madrid host Barca in La Liga on March 2.The first leg will be played at the Camp Nou next week before a return at the Santiago Bernabeu. The provisional dates are February 6 and 27. Real Betis will go up against Valencia in the other semi-final.Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches.Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: “Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect — a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work.”“There’s nothing like it,” Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. “We are talking about two teams with a lot of resources, with extraordinary players and we always expect very tight games.“We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today.”Barca are chasing a record fifth Copa del Rey success in a row while Madrid are into the last four for the first time since they won the competition in 2014.– Two Clasicos in a week –Two Clasico games in a week will crank up the pressure on both teams at the end of the month but Real also have a testing schedule around the first leg, sandwiched between a city derby against Atletico Madrid in La Liga and a Champions League last-16 first leg away to Ajax.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Instant Galaxies?

first_imgThe Hubble Space Telescope, with its Advanced Camera for Surveys, has taken a peek at the most distant galaxy clusters ever seen.  The astronomers found “embryonic” galaxies in a “proto-cluster” of galaxies, named TN J1338-1942, that they estimate formed a mere 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang.  This find has been reported in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1    The same astronomers had earlier found a cluster named RDCS 1252 that, by 5 billion years after the Big Bang, looked already mature.  The Hubble ACS was used to image the two clusters to study their evolution.  One of the astronomers, John Blakeslee (Johns Hopkins University) remarked, according to the Hubble press release, “Until recently people didn’t think that clusters existed when the universe was only about 5 billion years old.”  Another co-author of the paper, George Miley (Leiden University, Netherlands) added, “until recently astronomers thought it was almost impossible to find clusters that existed 8 billion years ago.”  The new finding pushes the date of early galaxy and cluster formation even further back, to less than 10% the assumed age of the universe.    The newly-discovered cluster RDCS 1252, is virtually indistinguishable from later galaxy clusters.  The Hubble press release states:“The cluster RDCS 1252 looks like a present-day cluster,” said Marc Postman of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., and co-author of both research papers.  “In fact, if you were to put it next to a present-day cluster, you wouldn’t know which is which.”The proto-cluster TN J1338 has a dominant galaxy that appears to be “producing spectacular radio-emitting jets, fueled by a supermassive black hole deep within the galaxy’s nucleus.”  The cluster RD1252 may have thousands of member galaxies, of which only a few are detectable at visible wavelengths.Miley et al., “A large population of ‘Lyman-break’ galaxies in a protocluster at redshift z=4.1,” Nature 427, 47 – 50 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02125.Observations such as these are on the bleeding edge of the possible, so one must be cautious interpreting the results.  Sweeping aside the embedded assumptions about ages and evolutionary histories, there is nothing in these latest images to encourage old gradualistic cosmologies, and much to discourage them.  The lumpiness problem in cosmology (i.e., too much structure too soon) has been a theoretical challenge for decades.  Here is the lumpiness problem intensified.  Not long after the origin of the universe, whenever that was, galaxies seem to be already mature enough to have black holes, heavy elements and grandchildren.  This latest finding is another in a continuing trend of observations that show almost instantaneous structure from an assumed smooth beginning.    Hear the astronomers’ admissions.  No one thought it was even possible to have so much structure so early.  Not long ago, even an 8 billion year old cluster would have been thought impossible, and now 1.5 billion?  How far can you stretch a theory before it breaks?    A similar situation is found in the fossil record, and in the observed complexity of the most “primitive” life on Earth.  What is the common denominator in these three predicaments?  Naturalistic philosophy: the belief that our universe is just unguided matter in motion.  It’s not working.  The Cambrian explosion in paleontology, the discovery of advanced molecular machines in bacteria, and the discovery of mature stars in the early universe were not predicted by evolutionary philosophers, and effectively falsify their assumptions.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Young South Africans urged to learn fundamentals of NDP

first_img23 September 2015Speaking to Tshwane University of Technology students at the Ga-Rankuwa campus, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterated the importance of the youth understanding that skills in addition to a qualification was key to finding employment in the South African job market.She was addressing young women and men at a university gala dinner, on 19 September, with the theme “Empowering young women and men to lead changes and social justice”.“You must be a different generation of cadres,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said, “cadres that understand what the market requires, cadres that understand that we have passed the revolutionary stage (now that we are in government).”The minister also said that acquiring an education was not only about getting employed but also about creating employment, stipulating: “We educate you so that you can gain knowledge, so that you can use to it to. contribute to the economic growth of the country.”Ndabeni-Abrahams urged students to be a forward-thinking generation, and use the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 as a guide to making their success in the world a success for all the people of South Africa.While acknowledging that there were challenges at higher learning institutions, including access to education, the minister discouraged students from cheating the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Cheating the system, she said, was depriving other young people of access to education. It was important for the beneficiaries of the NSFAS to pay off their loans when they were employed so that the budget for financial aid could be increased.“It is very important that, like the generations that came before us, we also make our own mark looking into the interests of the next generation,” Ndabeni- Abrahams said.Thabang Mashilo, the creative director of Young Minds Consultants, which specialises in training and preparing young people for the realities of the world around them, delivered the motivational address at the event. Mashilo echoed the deputy minister in stressing the importance of using the tools available to young people, such as education and skills development, to embrace their purpose and respect the gift of learning.“If you do not locate your gift,” Mashilo said, “if you don’t locate your talent, you will forever be faceless and when you are faceless, you don’t have foresight, when you are faceless you operate with intelligence and not wisdom.”Mashilo encouraged students to work hard towards achieving their dreams, adding “you need to control your expectations. Sometimes we expect 90% in greatness but we are not willing to work for it.”Education, as the most vital, overriding philosophy of the National Development Plan, together with job creation, is the key to finding successful national growth. And at the heart of creating that culture of growth and development, is the need for young people to understand the importance of the NDP.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

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Aphria raising 225 million for expansions facilities possible acquisitions

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Aphria Inc. says it’s raising $225 million to pay for new and expanded cannabis facilities in Canada, as well as potential global expansion and acquisitions.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer says some of the funds will go towards a new $55 million extraction facility that will use a variety of methods to produce concentrated cannabis products like oils.The company says the modern facility, which will be able to process more than 200 tonnes of cannabis annually, will help it prepare for what’s expected to be a significant product category.Aphria says it also plans to spend an additional $20 million at its Aphria Diamond facility to increase capacity by 20 tonnes annually and allow for alternative growing techniques, and $10 million to add 10 tonnes of capacity to its Aphria One operation.The company says it will raise the money through the sale of 19 million shares at $11.85 each. The financing is being led by Clarus Securities Inc.Aphria’s share price closed up 63 cents or 5.18 per cent at $12.79 after announcing the facilities expansions. The financing was announced after market close.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)last_img read more

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Trump criticizes Fed for raising interest rates too quickly

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is criticizing the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates too quickly.The recent increase in interest rates has spooked investors who fear higher borrowing costs could slow down the economy.Trump has blamed the market’s big sell-off on rising rates and has described the Fed as being “out of control.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Trump respects the independence of the Federal Reserve and simply favours low interest rates.Trump spoke during a Tuesday interview with “Trish Regan Primetime” on Fox Business Network.He says: “My biggest threat is the Fed.” Trump says he knows the Fed is independent, but he thinks interest rates are rising too quickly.last_img

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Chamber of Commerce hosting celebration for LNG Canada investment decision tomorrow

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is going to be hosting an event to celebrate the positive final investment decision by the five joint venture partners of LNG Canada to build a $40-billion liquified natural gas export terminal on B.C.’s North Coast.The celebration is the second of two events that will be taking place at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John on Tuesday.The first is the State of the Economy Forum being put on by the Chamber and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. The forum will be hosted by Central 1 Credit Union chief economist Helmut Pastrick, who will discuss the current state of the provincial economy, along with an in-depth analysis of the B.C. Peace Region economy.The forum is taking place from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.Following the forum, the Chamber will host the LNG Canada F.I.D. celebration at Just Jack’s restaurant from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.Registration for the event is free, and must be done in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chamber-celebration-lng-canadas-fid-decision-back-to-business-tickets-51085174131last_img read more

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Pogba wants to be out of Mourinhos shadow

first_imgPaul Pogba wants to step out of Jose Mourinho’s shadow as he -plans to leave Manchester United, according to Sports Mole.The French midfielder is keen to step out of Jose’s huge shadow at Manchester United by leaving the club to return back to Juventus.Pogba signed for United from Italian side Juventus in the summer of 2016 for a then world record fee of £90million. The midfielder has an inconsistent time of it at Old Trafford despite spending two seasons with the English giants.The 25-year-old enjoyed a positive World Cup campaign in Russia with France, helping his nation become world champions only for the second time in their illustrious footballing history.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba is expected to return to Manchester United in August for preseason after he was giving an extended break due to his participation in the World Cup with France.The United academy product curbs frustrated figure last season at the club last season and was Jose Mourinho after a series of stop-start performances.Pogba is keen to rejoin Juventus after the Italian champions signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid as he looks to rediscover the form that saw him highly touted as one of the best midfielders in the world.last_img read more

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