RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned a shooting attack on 1 November on radio Sawt al Shaab, a station affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP), in which presenter Shadi Shamiya and one of his guests were injured while taking part in a live broadcast. The attack was believed to have been prompted by the broadcast of an incorrect report about a government reshuffle that was picked by many other media.“Palestinian journalists have once again fallen victim to local political rivalries,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are stunned by the disproportionate nature of this attack. It is senseless to raid a news media and fire on its journalists for disseminating a wrong report.” It was the third attack in less than six months on a Gaza media without any security measures being taken by the authorities.Around 10 gunmen took part in the afternoon attack on the radio station, located in the central Gaza City neighbourhood of Al Sabra. They ransacked computer equipment, destroyed the station’s only transmitter and fired on employees before departing.Dozens of journalists gathered outside the station yesterday in protest against the attack and the climate of violence to which they are exposed.Al Aamal, a Gaza radio station operated by the Workers Union, was invaded on 12 October by gunmen who smashed equipment and then set fire to the premises. In June, gunmen overran the studios of the national Palestinian TV station in the south of the Gaza Strip, attacking staff and ransacking the premises. May 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Palestine WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go further RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presenter injured in latest attack on a Gaza radio station
Soil fungal community composition does not alter along a latitudinal gradient through the maritime and sub-Antarctic
We investigated the relationships between fungal community composition, latitude and a range of physicochemical parameters in 58 soils sampled from a 2370 km latitudinal gradient between South Georgia (54°S, 38°W) in the sub-Antarctic and Mars Oasis (72°S, 68°W) on Alexander Island in the southern maritime Antarctic. Our study, which is based on approximately ten times the number of samples used in previous similar studies, indicates that latitude and its associated environmental parameters are not related to fungal community composition. Significant changes in the composition of soil fungal communities were observed in relation to gradients of the ratio of total organic carbon to nitrogen, and, to a lesser extent, soil pH.
Harvard chemistry professor Sunney Xie was one of six recipients of the 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award for his outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions.Specifically, Xie will be honored for his innovations in nonlinear Raman microscopy and highly sensitive vibrational imaging, his scientific leadership in establishing the field of single-molecule biophysical chemistry, and his seminal work in enzyme dynamics and live cell gene expression. Xie is in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who announced the six winners on Dec. 16, said, “The contributions made by these researchers to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States are wide-ranging and meaningful. I congratulate the winners and look forward to their discoveries still to come.”The award recipients will receive a gold medal, a citation, and $50,000. They will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early this year.The Lawrence Award was established in 1959 to honor the memory of Ernest Orlando Lawrence who invented the cyclotron (a particle accelerator), and after whom two major Energy Department laboratories in Berkeley and Livermore, Calif., are named.
You won’t believe just who turned up on the E-chat segment on this weekend edition of Touchline.Celebrated Kumawood actor, Kwaku Manu, – Yes and you need to hear him out on a number of sports issues and his failed attempt to sing the national anthem.But you will have to watch the video beneath to satisfy your curiosity..However the ladies took over the Big preview with detailed analysis on Black Stars and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman.After his costly mistake against Southampton some weeks ago ,his position at left back seems to have been taken over by a young Kennedy.An even bigger statement was his selection ahead of Baba for the crucial champions league night. What could the technical team be thinking off? Has Baba Rahman fallen short of expectation, what are the repercussions to his Chelsea career? All these questions plus a look ahead to the weekend football action were addressed in this week’s edition of Touchline anchored by JOY sports George Addo Jnr.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
13 February 2013 The government is to increase funding for students at the country’s Further Education and Training college students to R2-billion this year, as it moves to raise the profile of FET colleges and grow South Africa’s skills base. President Jacob Zuma made the announcement during his visit to the Tshwane South Further Education and Training College’s Odi Campus in Mabopane on Tuesday. In 2012, R1.7-million was allocated to students at FET colleges. “This programme gives effect to the introduction of free education, whereby all qualifying National Certificate Vocational and the NATED students are exempted from payment of fees at all public FET colleges,” Zuma said. He visited the college in Pretoria to see first-hand how FETs are run and what students do. The President also took the opportunity to encourage students as the academic year gets under way. The visit forms part of a community outreach programme designed to gauge the views of the public on a range of issues ahead of Thursday’s State of the Nation Address.First FET college visit by a President “The visit signifies the importance which government attaches to FETs,” Zuma said. “That’s why I brought ministers, so that we can recommit government to provide full support to FETs countrywide.” The first ever visit by a President to a FET college follows a meeting last year in which Zuma met with FET college principals. During that meeting, Zuma told the principals that the government would do everything to improve FETs and make them centres of excellence. He also ensured the principals that more funds would be allocated towards infrastructure at FETs. Zuma was accompanied on Tuesday by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, his deputy Mduduzi Manana, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.National Skills Accord He said the National Skills Accord, signed by government, business and labour in July 2011, committed them to a number of things with tangible targets. “They agreed that training will take place both in colleges and in workplaces in the private sector, government and state-owned enterprises, and agreed to take more apprentice learners and interns and to train them beyond their own needs,” Zuma said. “All parties agreed to work to improve the role and performance of FETs. We are optimistic that this will pave the way to achieve the New Growth Path target of 5-million new jobs by 2020.” He added that companies had committed to make 12 000 vacancies for internships for FETs students, as well as to provide opportunities for work exposure in an industry work environment for 16 000 FET lecturers annually. Zuma encouraged students to take full advantage of opportunities brought about by freedom and democracy. He said there were many opportunities created by the government’s investment in student financial aid, including infrastructure programmes and other economic opportunities which required their skills.‘We want you to become change agents’ “We want you to become change agents that will break the cycle of poverty. Liberate yourself and future generations in your community. Work hard, stay focused and complete your studies in record time. “Government is providing opportunities to all of us [you], even those who may not have means to further their studies. Take advantage of the opportunity,” Zuma told students. Nzimande said the President’s visit to the college would help the department in its journey to transform FET colleges into institutions of choice for school leavers. “This will help in sending a message to youngsters to take FETs seriously,” Nzimande said. The Tshwane South FET College has four campuses – Centurion, Pretoria West, Atteridgeville and Odi. They offer artisan training, electrical and civil engineering and motor mechanic studies, among others. Source: SANews.gov.za
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday batted for implementation of Central government’s Ayushman Bharat scheme in the State saying “matters of health should be kept above politics”.“I have been the Governor [of West Bengal] for less than 100 days and I have received between 2,000 and 3,000 applications from people all over the State seeking medical assistance. I examined all [applications] and found that they were eligible for benefits under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme,” the Governor said at an event in Kolkata. Mr. Dhankhar said he finds it incongruous why a Central scheme that makes available such a great facility, which has been recognised all over the world, is not being adopted for the benefit of the people of West Bengal.“I have also come to know that the applicants could have taken benefits of State-run schemes. Despite that if they are writing to the Raj Bhavan then there was something that needed to be looked into,” he said.The Trinamool Congress government in the State had pulled out of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, stating that the programmes launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were enough to cater to the health requirements of the people of Bengal.3,000 applications “If I can get 3,000 applications in three months, it reflects the state of affairs. I would therefore urge those concerned to work in harmony. Health should be above politics,” the Governor told media persons.Ever since he assumed charge in July this year, Governor Dhankhar has questioned the functioning of the State government on several issues, including law and order and education system. Though there was a thaw in relations after Mr. Dhankhar visited the residence of Ms. Banerjee on Kali Puja, the comments and counter comments have continued.Ms. Banerjee refused to make any comments on the Governor’s remarks during a press conference.
But Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s National Sports Council, said none of the 10 visiting teams had registered an official complaint.“We have a technical delegate appointed by the international (SEA Games) federation,” he told reporters.“We have procedures on whatever protests or dissatisfaction (there is) from the teams and until now if I’m not mistaken we haven’t received any official complaints.”He added: “The bottom line is, there are rules, there are procedures. There is a technical delegate appointed by the international sports federation, and we have to trust those people to deliver the competition properly.”Malaysia have never won an Olympic gold medal, although they had four silvers and a bronze at last year’s Rio Games. They won five golds at the 2014 Asian Games and six at the last Commonwealth Games.‘Worst tournament’ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Later on Wednesday, the tournament was declared closed in a colorful ceremony at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, where the Games flag was passed to 2019 hosts the Philippines.“Kuala Lumpur 2017 has been truly magnificent, memorable and majestic,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMalaysia, who won 62 gold medals at the last SEA Games in 2015, topped the table for the first time since 2001 — when they also hosted the mini-Olympics. Thailand had 72 golds and Vietnam 58.Thai and Indonesian officials have hit out at the judging standards, and there have been a welter of complaints and videos online, many under the #ShameOnYouMalaysia hashtag. Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Malaysia dismissed concerns over judging at the Southeast Asian Games as the hosts finished the competition with a record 145 gold medals on Wednesday, more than twice the number of second-placed Thailand.The home team won five of the seven titles on the final day, a typically dominant performance as they ended the Games with more than one-third of the 406 gold medals handed out.ADVERTISEMENT CEU, La Salle-Zobel dribblers try to extend WNCAA reign SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Newspapers trumpeted Malaysia’s victory, and were thick with full-page ads taken out by companies to congratulate the team. Malaysia also celebrates its 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.Foreign media were less effusive. The Bangkok Post commented: “For many Thai officials, athletes, journalists and fans, KL 2017 is the worst tournament in SEA Games history in terms of both officiating and organising.”On Wednesday, Malaysia won three gold medals in speed skating, which was making its Games debut, and two in diving. Thailand took one in speed skating and one in weightlifting.The SEA Games, which now look forward to their 30th edition in 2019, allow the host nation to adjust the programme to suit their strengths, meaning they often finish top of the table.Winning one-third of the gold medals is not unusual for the home country. When Indonesia held the 1997 Games, they won 194 out of 448 gold medals, or 43 percent.Malaysia’s chef de mission Marina Chin admitted their original target of 211, the national record set in 2001, was probably conservative.“When we made the target together with the national associations, I would admit that we were a bit conservative because we didn’t know about the achievements of the other countries,” she said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Bellerin performance for Carabao Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was delighted with Hector Bellerin’s performance for their Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest.It was an emotional night for Bellerin as he returned to the first team after more than nine months out injured.”I think Hector’s attitude is a very big attitude to help us,” Emery said. “When he was injured he was still a big mentality in the dressing room helping us.”He assisted for [Joe] Willock to score and also to have different options in the squad and first XI is good. We are going to play a lot of matches and tonight was his first 15 minutes [with us], which is really important. “He wanted to play 90 and yesterday he told me he’s ready and wanted to play, but we decided to give him less minutes than 90. He played with the under-23s on Friday and also they are the first matches for him. We need to do it progressively and the doctor said to us that we are going to do it like that.”I think no [he can’t play 90 minutes against Manchester United next]. Maybe in his mind yes, but we need to listen to the doctor and the doctor wants to do it progressively. Really tonight is the first day and the first minutes, and we are going to maybe share some minutes with the under-23s.”It depends how he’s feeling, but in his mind he’s feeling very well and I think the first minutes tonight were amazing for him. We are going to use him with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] and Calum Chambers to help us in this position. The most important things about Hector are his attitude and experience. He’s wishing to help us.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd survive scare with penalty win over Rochdaleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have survived a scare by beating Rochdale on penalties in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.17-year-old Mason Greenwood finally converted one of United’s many chances to open the scoring.But Rochdale equalised through another teenager in Luke Matheson with fifteen minutes to play.This set up a nervous penalty shootout at Old Trafford, but a miss from Dale midfielder Jimmy Keohane sealed an painful exit for the League One club.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Brandon Williams his debut by sending him on for Phil Jones at half-time.