“Unacceptable” increase in journalist visa fee to 8,000 dollars

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Asia – Pacific January 14, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Unacceptable” increase in journalist visa fee to 8,000 dollars Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Follow the news on Asia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Credit photo : ABC News News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News June 7, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the decision by the Micronesian island nation of Nauru, which hosts an Australian government detention centre for asylum-seekers, to increase the cost of a journalist visa from 200 to 8,000 US dollars – an increase of nearly 4,000 per cent.“The new price of a visa is out of all proportion and is nothing less than ban on foreign media visits to this island state,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This measure can have only one aim, to dissuade journalists from applying, because the 8,000 dollars will not be reimbursed if the visa is refused. What media is going to risk such a sum? It is clear that the Australian government’s refugee detention centre is behind this decision.“As with the detention centre on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, the Australian government is trying to censor any embarrassing information about the way it treats refugees. In the process of externalizing the asylum-seeker issue, it is even managing to delegate responsibility for censorship and discriminatory measures against the media.“We call on the authorities to rescind this measure outright, because it violates the constitution of Nauru and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nauru has signed.”Approved by Nauru’s parliament and due to take effect within days, the measure provides for no reimbursement of the 8,000 dollars if the visa application is rejected. An official said the hike was “for revenue purposes.”The Sydney-based Global Mail online newspaper quoted a visa official as saying that only “three or four” media visas were granted in 2013 but that there was a big increase in media visas issued for a couple of months after Australia reintroduced offshore processing for asylum seekers in September 2012.In November 2013, the UN Refugee Agency said the 700 asylum-seekers held at the Nauru detention centre were subjected to “harsh physical conditions” that “do not meet international standards.” Many human rights organizations have also criticized conditions at the centre.Reporters Without Borders added: “This measure is a clear violation of the principle of freedom of information as enshrined in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and elsewhere.”In its General Comment No. 44, the UN Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for interpreting the Covenant, said: “Limited accreditation schemes are permissible only where necessary to provide journalists with privileged access to certain places and/or events. Such schemes should be applied in a manner that is non-discriminatory and compatible with article 19 and other provisions of the Covenant, based on objective criteria and taking into account that journalism is a function shared by a wide range of actors.”The committee also said: “It is normally incompatible with paragraph 3 to restrict the freedom of journalists and others who seek to exercise their freedom of expression (such as persons who wish to travel to human rights-related meetings) to travel outside the State party, to restrict the entry into the State party of foreign journalists to those from specified countries or to restrict freedom of movement of journalists and human rights investigators within the State party (including to conflict-affected locations, the sites of natural disasters and locations where there are allegations of human rights abuses).”Reporters Without Borders already criticized the Australian government’s policy of denying journalists access to its detention centres in 2011 and 2012. In the case of Nauru, the Australian government nonetheless continues to put its head in the sand and insist that it is an internal matter for the island’s government.There was a violent riot at the Nauru detention centre after the Australian government announced that it was adopting tougher migration policies last July. to go further RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Broadway.com’s If/Then Singing Contest Winner Revealed!

first_imgWatch Megan’s winning performance of “Always Starting Over” below. She came, she saw, she belted! Five talented performers made it to the finals of our If/Then singing contest, and after a round of fan voting, a winner has emerged. Congratulations to Megan Rozak from Buffalo, New York! Check out a special video from If/Then star/Broadway.com vlogger James Snyder shouting out to our golden-voiced winner. Now pack your bags, Megan! We’re flying you to Costa Mesa to catch Snyder, Idina Menzel and more in the national tour of If/Then! View Commentslast_img read more

Owensboro, Ky., utility to close its aging coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WFPL:Coal-fired power plants in Kentucky continue closing even as the Trump administration works through details on how to bail out the industry.Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he wasn’t ready to provide details of the plan, but even if it was implemented tomorrow, that wouldn’t stop Owensboro, Kentucky from shutting down its coal-fired power plant in 2020.The city of Owensboro has generated much of its own electricity for more than 100 years, but that will change when the city closes Elmer Smith Station—a coal-fired power plant operating since 1964. The decision came Friday when the Owensboro Municipal Utility Commission approved a contract with Big Rivers Electric.Owensboro was already planning to shut down the station—one unit in 2019 and a second in 2023—but has now set a firm deadline for retirement when the agreement takes effect. The plant is one of two in the region that will likely close in the coming years as market forces drive older, less efficient coal-fired power plants into retirement.The utility has trouble competing with natural gas prices when selling excess capacity on the open market, said Owensboro Municipal Utility Spokeswoman Sonya Dixon. Maintenance is also driving up costs. “It’s just as in when your car gets older, or any other piece of mechanical equipment, it becomes harder and harder and more expensive to maintain it,” Dixon said.Thirty miles to the west, the city of Henderson also owns a coal-fired power plant and is considering closing its station, said Chris Heimgartner, the utility manager for Henderson Municipal Power and Light. “Forget about coal for the moment, if you have an industry that has a fleet of production units that are of uniform age,” Heimgartner said. “You would expect overtime to retire the older plants and bring new sources online.”More: Market forces drive another Kentucky coal power plant to retire Owensboro, Ky., utility to close its aging coal plantlast_img read more

Major questions linger over profitability of oil, gas fracking in Permian basin

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:The oil majors are scrambling to scale up their shale operations, and they are quickly becoming the most dominant producers in the shale sector, despite having arrived late to the party.The early days of shale drilling was done by small and medium-size drillers. Over the last few years, the oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are taking on a much greater role in U.S. shale, particularly in the Permian basin. Chevron’s Permian production shot up to 377,000 bpd in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 172,000 bpd from a year earlier. The company’s production was up 70 percent on an annual basis.But even as Chevron boasted of achieving production growth in the Permian as well as transferring the lessons learned to other basins, there are still questions about the profitability of the company’s assets in West Texas. “In the Permian, we remain focused on returns. We’re not chasing our production target, nor are we altering our plans based on the price of the day,” Chevron’s CEO Michael Wirth told analysts on an earnings call.Chevron maintains that it will be cash flow positive in the Permian by 2020 and that the company would allocate much of additional cash flow to shareholder distributions. The company appears confident about the path that it is on in West Texas.But the health of the industry is in the eye of the beholder, in many ways. In response to Chevron’s financial results, some market analysts were not as impressed. “The Real Story is that the Fracking Sector has been and Continues to be a Financial Bust,” Kathy Hipple, Tom Sanzillo and Clark Williams-Derry wrote in a joint commentary for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and the Sightline Institute. The analysts said that the industry continues to utter the same refrain that it has been for a long time: “Wait ‘til next year.” They are referring to Chevron’s promise to be cash flow positive in the Permian by 2020. “The oil and gas giant is now admitting that its enormous bets on the Permian Basin will continue to bleed red ink for the rest of 2019. Investors will have to wait for yet another year — at least — until Chevron’s Permian assets start to pay off,” they wrote.More: The Permian is a double-edged sword for oil majors Major questions linger over profitability of oil, gas fracking in Permian basinlast_img read more

Solskjaer, Pochettino face off in Man United ‘audition’

first_img“We’ve had tests,” he said. “Newcastle away is a test and the first game was a test as to how everyone reacted. The first home game with the crowd is a test.”“We are not going to get as many chances to attack against these as we had before so when we have the ball we have to be ready to play well with it and we have to use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent size pitch as well,” he added.Solskjaer says he has not spoken to the club hierarchy about the full-time position although has clearly stated his desire to stay beyond the end of the season.The minimum requirement for Solskjaer is probably to qualify for next season’s Champions League — United have closed the gap significantly but are still six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.But the former striker, who has United fans’ undying loyalty after his exploits as a player, must see off the threat from Pochettino if he is to prolong his stay at Old Trafford.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a golden opportunity to further his credentials for the permanent manager’s job at Manchester United when he goes head to head against Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday.The Norwegian interim manager has enjoyed a perfect start to his Old Trafford career, winning all five matches and transforming the mood among players and fans.But in the opposite dugout at Wembley will be Pochettino, who remains the favourite to be named to the United hot seat after keeping Spurs on the fringes of the Premier League title race against considerable odds.United have beaten Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle in the league and Reading in the FA Cup since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho last month.But third-placed Tottenham in London will be a different proposition and the match will be a severe examination of how far United have come under their temporary leader.Solskjaer has revitalised a number of players including Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but bristles at suggestions he has had an easy ride so far.last_img read more

Djibouti 1 Uganda 5 in CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup

first_imgThe Hippos starting XI. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup A Djibouti 1-5 Uganda Hippos  Eritrea 3-3 Sudan Group C: Somalia 1-2 Burundi Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | It was a goal galore at the Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu as the Uganda U-20 national team (Uganda Hippos) humiliated Djibouti 5-1 during a group A contest at the 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup on Monday.Steven Sserwadda (brace), Ivan Bogere, Isma Mugulusi and Justine Opiro were on target for Uganda.Kalid Osman Elmi netted the consolation for Djibouti.Uganda’s goalkeeper Denis Otim was at his best thwarting a kick from the penalty spot by Djibouti team captainSserwadda returned with the third seven minutes into the second half before Djibouti pulled a goal back through Kalid Osman Elmi for an ordinary mistake by goalkeeper Denis Otim.Uganda Hippos’ technical team headed by Morley Byekwaso called for all the three mandatory changes.Isma Mugulusi, Bright Anukani and Sadat Anaku replaced Ivan Asaba, Najib Yiga and the two goal hero Steven Sserwadda respectively.Mugulusi hit the post from the right wing as minutes trickled down the clock and Hassan Ssenyonjo missed from close range after being set up superbly by Anaku.Other results:In the other matches played on Monday, Sudan and Eritrea shared the spoils after a 3 goal stalemate during the early kick off match at Pece Stadium. Mewael Tesfai Yosief, captain Robel Teklem Michael (penalty), and Ali Suleiman Ibrahim were on target for Eritrea.Mohamed Abbas Namir, Shihab Eldeen Siddiq Abdalrahman and Musab Kurdman Elfaki replied for Sudan.At the FUFA Technical Center, Burundi advanced for the quarter finals following a 2-1 win over Somalia.Hamimu Hakizimana and Louis Romeo Ndunimana scored in either halves for Burundi for the 2-0 lead at some stage of the game.Ahmed Abdullah Abdi pulled a late goal for Somalia to give the score line a worthy respectable second look.Next Games in Group A:Eritrea takes on Djibouti on Wednesday, 25th September 2019 at the Pece War Memorial Stadium (1:30 PM).On the same day, Uganda will play Sudan. Both Uganda and Sudan are on four points apiece.Uganda’s head coach Morley Byekwaso hailed the players for the spirited and improved display in the 5-1 win over Djibouti.He thereafter promised a better showing on Wednesday against Sudan.‘We have improved a great deal than our first game. I know with time, we shall continue to gel with as I also get more acquitted to the team’ Byekwaso noted during the post match press conference.***SOURCE: FUFA MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

OLYMPICS: Uganda plans to send 50, including rower

first_img 2004 Athens0000  1972 Munich1102 MedalNameGamesSportEvent  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight  1992 Barcelona0000  GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweight The Olympics will run from July 24-9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.  206 countries including Uganda are expected to compete in 50 disciplines.Budget for OlympicsAyikoru, told Uganda Radio Network-URN that in 2018, the committee drew a total budget of Sh4 billion for preparations and participation in the Olympics. Some of that money,  allocated in tranches through three financial years- 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, has been used in preparations – identifying federations that are most likely to deliver athletes who will qualify for the Olympics Games.Initially, 11 federations and associations including that of basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, athletics and chess were identified. Boxing, swimming, weightlifting, rugby and skateboarding athletes were also targeted.  1960 Rome0000 GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon Totals (15 games)2327  1964 Tokyo0000  1980 Moscow0101  1996 Atlanta0011  1984 Los Angeles0000  1968 Mexico City0112 FILE PHOTO: The Uganda delegation at a previous international meet, this the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 3, 2010. All eyes on the Olympics this year.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s local Olympics organizing committee plans to send close to 30 competitors in five disciplines to Tokyo 2020.Together with officials, Uganda’s delegation is expected to be 50, and would be the largest ever entry for Uganda since it first competed at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.Sixteen track and field athletes led by Joshua Cheptegei have already booked their places after great performances in the last six months, and are joined by rower, Grace Noble Kathleen.The 24- year-old US based Kathleen qualified after winning the 2km single cull race at the 2019 Africa Rowing Regatta held in Tunisia.  Ugandan-born Kathleen is currently based in the Utah state Salt Lake City, United States of America (USA) and has competed for Uganda before.“There are few events left for people to qualify. We still have two events for boxing to qualify, but athletes have many more opportunities,”Beatrice Ayikoru, the team’s Chef De Mission to Tokyo told Uganda Radio Network-URN.“Six sports federations are still in the running for Olympic qualification. For swimming we will have at least two, as they are the only sport where two can be invited even if they do not qualify.”Ayikoru is part of the local Olympics organizing committee chaired by the Sports minister and comprises officials from the National Council of Sports-NCS and Uganda Olympic Committee-UOC.The committee is waiting for the qualification competitions to end before confirming the exact number of disciplines and athletes who will take part in the games. The other contenders are in weightlifting and rugby.  2008 Beijing0000  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweight  2000 Sydney0000  1988 Seoul0000  2012 London1001  1956 Melbourne0000 Ayikoru says that the committee expects to send a delegation of 50 people including athletes, technical and government officials for this year’s Olympics.The international Olympic Committee-IOC has already issued 10 free tickets  – 6 tickets are for athletes and 4 for officials – to attend.Government has to secure tickets for the rest of the delegation.  Funds for allowances, feeding and transport costs are part of the Shillings 4 billion budget for Olympic preparations and participation.The Secretary General of the Uganda Olympic Committee, Dr. Donald Rukare says he is optimistic Uganda will send close to 30 40 athletes, up from 21 in 2016, 15 in 2012, and the previous high of 24 in 1988.Rukare revealed the UOC has provided support to athletes, coaches, sports administrators and through projects funded by the International Olympic Committee since 2017.This has seen Joshua Cheptegei, Halimah Nakaayi, Esther Chebet, Jacob Kiplimo and Albert Chemutai get monthly stipends of US$1,000 for training ahead of the Olympics.The men’s Rugby team also benefited to the tune of US$100,000 as team support among other activities.MEDALS TABLE UGANDA  2016 Rio de Janeiro0000 *****URN & WikipediaShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Local Musicians Perform Scandinavian Music At Olympia Timberland Library

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Dance to old-time Scandinavian music with the Nordic Spirit band. The Olympia Timberland Library present local musicians Jeff Anderson and Jane Johnson on Friday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Costumed in traditional Scandinavian outfits, the duo will play polkas, waltzes, schottisches, mazurkas and other rhythms. Space will be provided for dancing. If you’re not up to dancing, Nordic Spirit encourages toe-tapping and clapping along.Introduced to Nordic music through their families, both musicians are self taught. Anderson’s grandfathers played fiddle and Johnson’s father performed on fiddle and accordion. Anderson was featured in Fiddler Magazine in February: “Jeff’s is a stellar example of Norwegian-American music that was once played across the northern United States but is now dying out. He was included in Norwegian musicologist Einar Eimhjellen’s 2000 study of Norwegian music in America. Einar noted that Jeff… has ‘best kept the tradition of the early immigrants from Scandinavia.’”Johnson learned the piano accordion as a child and was introduced in the 80s to the button box accordion. In the Fiddler interview, Anderson said: “Her fingers just floated over the keyboard, because she played it across the rows, the way you’re supposed to. [We] played late into the night and again the next day. Jane had learned from Norwegian-American Ed Morkin and Norwegian Tor Aage Johansen.” The couple has played at dances, festivals and celebrations around the Northwest since they met in 1999 (they married in 2004). They have recorded CDs as Nordic Spirit and with other bands.The dance is the first of three world music events featuring local musicians at the library. On November 8, the “Columbia Street Seisiún” (sounds roughly like session) will reunite for a real Irish music gathering. In December, the Olympia Youth Chorus will sing world holiday music.The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Ave. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.last_img read more

Bombers surprise of the 2013 B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships, finish fourth overall

first_imgSee previous story:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/bombers-girls-lose-heartbreaker-provincials-play-bronze-medal-saturday-24998#.UawOHuvwNE4Bombers drop consolation game to finish 14th at Rugby TourneyGlenlyon Norfolk of Victoria defeated the L.V. Rogers Bombers 24-19 in consolation round action at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Saturday in Abbotsford.The Bombers finished 14th in the 16-team AA Boy’s field.LVR defeated D.W. Poppy of Langley 17-5 Thursday to advance to the 13-14-place game.The Bombers opened the tourney Monday with a 45-0 loss at the hands of Rockridge of West Vancouver.LVR then lost 29-12 to Vernon Secondary in consolation round action. The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished just out of the medals, fourth, at the 2013 B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Saturday in Courtney.The Bombers lost 4-0 to Nanaimo in the bronze medal contest.LVR lost 3-1 in semi final play Friday to Burnsview of Delta to fall into the consolation final.The tournament was won by Archbishop Carney of Coquiltam. The Fraser Valley squad defeated Burnsview 2-1 in the gold medal final.The Bombers advanced to the final four of the 16-team tournament by capturing Pool B with a 2-1 record. LVR finished with six points, two points in front of Abbotsford Traditional and Ballenas from Vancouver Island.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2016)–Fifth, beaten 10 lengths last time out by champion filly Songbird, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Bellamentary cut back in distance and dominated her opposition in taking Sunday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths under Martin Garcia. Breaking from the far outside in a field of eight sophomore fillies, Bellementary popped the gate, sat second to the far turn and took over approaching the quarter pole en route to getting seven furlongs in 1:22.10.“She was sharp today and she’s always shown a lot of speed,” said D’Amato when asked if he thought the Kentucky-bred daughter of Bellamy Road would show so much early foot shortening up out of the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Santa Anita Oaks on April 9. “She had a good post today and she’s always been a filly that travels well. I’d like to stretch her out (again). She’s got good tactical speed and a big stride.”Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Bellamentary was off at 3-1 and paid $8.80, $4.00 and $3.20. The Angels Flight is her first stakes win and her third win (all at Santa Anita) from five overall starts. With the winner’s share of $47,400, she increased her earnings to $135,400.“I had the best post and I got the best trip,” said Martin Garcia, who was aboard for the first time in the afternoon. “I’ve worked her a couple times and she’s getting more mature and she’s blossomed. Turning for home, I had a lot of confidence and I had a lot of horse.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Forever Darling split horses turning for home and outran longshot Kay Kay through the lane to finish second by 1 ¼ lengths. Of at 7-2, she paid $4.40 and $3.20.Breaking from the rail, Kay Kay had two horses beat with three furlongs to go, saved ground around the turn and finished up well, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Everqueen. Off at 18-1 with Alonso Quinonez, Kay Kay paid $5.80 to show.Lucky Folie, the solid 6-5 favorite, who sat a close third into the far turn and appeared full of run under Flavien Prat, flattened out badly the final furlong and finished fifth, 8 ½ lengths behind the winner.Fractions on the race were 22.42, 44.87 and 1:09.31.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more