In for a penny

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 September 2010 | News  46 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Events ‘Chaptain Handlebar’, Matt Hitchen, is embarking on a 140 mile coast to coast cycling fundraiser with a difference on October 28. Matt is a manager at a cocktail bar and is known for his image as a vintage bartender, complete with waxed moustache.The 24 year old from Gateshead will attempt to ride the route the old fashioned way, on a penny farthing, to raise funds for national charity The Sick Children’s Trust. Matt’s penny farthing has been generously supplied by Sick Children’s Trust, which provides high quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families whose children are receiving hospital treatment for serious illness, helped Matt’s family stay close to his cousin, Jamie Green. Jamie was being treated for several weeks at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary late last year for ornithine carbamoyl transferase deficiency. This is a rare, life threatening, metabolic disorder he had struggled with all his life.Matt said: ”As my family lives in Cumbria it would have put real stress on them to travel back and forth every day to visit Jamie. The Sick Children’s Trust allowed us to stay close by at their ‘Home from Home’, Crawford House, and concentrate on what was really important – being there for Jamie.“Jamie passed away last December, aged just 21, and I wanted to do something to remember him by as well as give back to the charity for all their support during a really hard time. He had a brilliant sense of humour so I know he would have loved the idea of this challenge!”Matt has started training for the challenge by riding his penny farthing from Gateshead to work in Newcastle most days and is slowly getting ready to take on the route. His ride starts in Whitehaven in Cumbria on October 28 and will finish three days later in Tynemouth. He is using the Hadrian’s Cycleway, rather than the more usual route, in recognition of Jamie’s love of the Roman Wall and its forts.Lydia Solomon, community fundraiser at The Sick Children’s Trust said: “Matt and his family have been through such an awful time of it over the last year with losing Jamie and I am just glad we were there to support him and his family when they needed it most. It’s great to see him embrace fundraising for our charity in such a fun and unique way. As far as I know this has never been tried before but, hopefully, it will start a trend in fundraising! I wish him the best of luck for his challenge.”To support Matt please go to In for a pennylast_img read more

Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists pardoned and freed

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News News December 23, 2020 Find out more News to go further United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Organisation News ——————Mansoor and four other activists refuse to appear in court 4 October 2011The blogger Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists refused to appear in court during the latest hearing in their trial on 2 October in protest against its political nature. The hearing was the first one that journalists and human rights organizations were allowed to attend.Reporters Without Borders condemns the unfairness of the trial, which keeps on being adjourned in order to keep the defendants in detention, reiterates its call for the release of Mansoor and all other prisoners of conscience and urges the authorities to drop all the charges in this case. The next hearing has been set for 9 October.—————-After another hearing, detained blogger’s trial adjourned again September 23rd, 2011Another hearing was held in the trial of the blogger Ahmed Mansoor and four other activists before the federal supreme court in Abu Dhabi on 26 September and, like the previous hearings, it was held behind closed doors.The five defendants, who are pleading not guilty, complained of harassment and attacks in prison. They also requested that the trial be open to the public and that they should be allowed access to the prosecution case file. These requests were denied.After hearing testimony from three witnesses, the court adjourned until 2 October, when Telecommunication Regulatory Authority director-general Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim will testify and the prosecution will present its closing arguments. Reporters Without Borders condemns the repeated adjournments as they allow the authorities to continuing detaining the defendants, who have already been held for more than six months. The press freedom organization calls for their immediate and unconditional release. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance October 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists pardoned and freed ———————–Blogger to appear in court next week July 13th, 2011The trial of Ahmed Mansoor, a blogger and human rights activist who has been held since April, is due to resume in Abu Dhabi on 18 July. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to drop the charges against this netizen and release him without delay.More than 10 police officers took part in Mansoor’s arrest in April, seizing two laptops and several documents. His arrest, after signing a petition calling for democratic reforms in the United Arab Emirates, followed several weeks during which he was the target of intimidation attempts and a smear campaign, especially on the social networks Facebook and Twitter. Mansoor was also pressured by his employer, a telecommunications company that suddenly decided to relocate to Pakistan in a move which, according to Mansoor’s blog, was motivated by political interests.Four other pro-democracy activists are being tried with Mansoor. They are Farhad Salem, Nasser bin Ghaith, Hassan Ali Al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq. They are all charged with threatening state security, undermining public order and insulting the president, the vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.They pleaded not-guilty when the first hearing was held on 14 June, just hours after the judge scheduled to preside the case was replaced. During the hearing, a pro-government demonstration took place outside, with members of the crowd chanting death threats against the defendants. The trial would be adjourned again at next week’s hearing as the prosecution wants to bring new “witnesses” whose identity has not yet been revealed to the defence. Reporters Without Borders has learned that Mansoor is meanwhile suffering from a severe allergy but has been denied access to a dermatologist, despite repeated requests.He seems to be the collateral victim of the increase in security measures and repression that Arab governments have adopted up in recent months because of the spread of protests. More arrests are taking place, online filtering and surveillance of Internet users have been stepped up and the authorities are still trying to get access to the BlackBerry smartphone’s encrypted communications – all disturbing signs in this troubled region. The United Arab Emirates is listed as a “country under surveillance” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March. Blogger Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists were pardoned by UAE President on 28 November 2011, after they were sentenced to three-two imprisonment (read our press release).———-Blogger and four other activists continue to boycott trial, verdict in five weeks October 24, 2011A verdict will not be issued until 27 November in the trial of the blogger Ahmed Mansoor and four other pro-democracy activists, a judge announced at yesterday’s hearing, which is to be the last in the trial before the verdict is handed down. The five activists, who were arrested in April, are to remain in detention until then.Abdulhamid Al-Kumaiti, one of the defence lawyers, told Agence France-Presse yesterday he was optimistic about the outcome because no concrete evidence has been produced to support the charges of threatening state security, disturbing public order and insulting the vice president and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the trial is being dragged out in order to keep the defendants in prison, and urges the judicial authorities to free them without delay and dismiss all the charges.Mansoor and the four other activists – Farhad Salem, Nasser bin Ghaith, Hassan Ali Al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq – refused to appear in court yesterday. It was the third hearing they have boycotted to protest against their mistreatment in detention and to signal their rejection of a trial they regard as political.The trial opened on 14 June and has been repeatedly adjourned ever since.The United Arab Emirates is listed as a “country under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders “Enemies of the Internet” report.last_img read more

Associated Press correspondent expelled

first_img January 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Associated Press correspondent expelled News EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned the expulsion of British journalist Anthony Mitchell, a correspondent for the Associated Press news agency, who was forced to leave Addis Ababa on 22 January after being accused of “tarnishing the image of the nation.” Mitchell provided useful, high-quality coverage in a country where reporting is often partisan, the organisation said, urging the Ethiopian government to reverse its decision and let him return and resume working in Addis Ababa.“Already mired in political crisis, Ethiopia should not now shut itself off from the eyes of the world,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If this were to happen, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government could no longer be able to claim that it is trying to ensure the country’s stability.”In a statement published by the governmental Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) on 21 January, the information ministry gave Mitchell 24 hours to leave the country, claiming that he had repeatedly ignored warnings about “misconduct” and had “disseminated information far from the truth about Ethiopia.” The details of the alleged misconduct are not known.Mitchell left Addis Ababa for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The AP said it was seeking an explanation from the information ministry, but so far without success. AP managing editor Mike Silverman called Mitchell an “aggressive and fair journalist” who has worked in Ethiopia for more than five years.Reporters Without Borders meanwhile reiterated its appeal to the United Nations to send a legal observation mission to Ethiopia to assess the validity of the charges against 15 independent journalists who have been held since November and who are alleged by the authorities to have fomented an uprising.They were arrested in the aftermath of deadly clashes between police and protesters earlier in November, along with leaders of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), human rights activists and civil society representatives accused by Prime Minister Meles of launching the uprising. News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts May 18, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home to go further Follow the news on Ethiopia Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 21, 2021 Find out more News EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Opposition protesters storm government TV station

first_img to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns an assault by members of the opposition People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on the offices of the government-controlled National Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) today in Bangkok. Broadcasts were suspended for several hours and one of the station’s presenters was attacked. ThailandAsia – Pacific Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years ThailandAsia – Pacific Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News Follow the news on Thailand Help by sharing this information News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns an assault by members of the opposition People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on the offices of the government-controlled National Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) today in Bangkok. Broadcasts were suspended for several hours and one of the station’s presenters was attacked.”The opposition has the right to criticise a station for being too sympathetic to the government, but using violence against a news organisation is deplorable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the PAD’s leaders to stop this kind of behaviour, which puts government media journalists in danger. The authorities, for their part, should ensure fair opposition access to the state-controlled media.”At around 6 a.m., some 60 masked PAD activists tried to storm one of the NBT buildings on Bangkok’s Vipavadi Avenue. About 2,000 other opposition supporters joined them and they forced their way into the building’s lobby. NBT staff reacted by suspending broadcasts. Broadcasting resumed from mobile units at around midday, while opposition groups were still in the building. Other stations provided live coverage of all the PAD’s protests.One of NBT’s presenters, Kitti Singhapad, was punched by a PAD activist while he was being interviewed near the NBT building by another TV station.According to reports, the police arrested about 80 opposition activists, some of whom were armed. One of the PAD’s leaders, Sondhi Limthongkul, a media owner and opponent of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, denied that his supporters were armed.PAD protesters also invaded several ministries and the office of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, demanding his resignation. Organisation News Receive email alerts News August 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition protesters storm government TV station June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

140 are missing after glacier breaks in India’s Himalayas

first_img Pinterest Local NewsWorld News Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 RISHIKESH, India (AP) — Indian rescue crews struggled to reach trapped victims Sunday after part of a glacier in the Himalayas broke off and released a torrent of water and debris that slammed into two hydroelectric plants. At least nine people were killed and 140 were missing in a disaster experts said appeared to point to global warming. Video from India’s northern state of Uttarakhand showed the muddy, concrete-gray floodwaters tumbling through a valley and surging into a dam, breaking it into pieces with little resistance before roaring on downstream. The flood turned the countryside into what looked like an ash-colored moonscape. More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and police took part in the search-and-rescue operation, including soldiers expert in mountaineering, working into the night under bright halogen lights, authorities said. The flood was caused when a portion of Nanda Devi glacier snapped off in the morning, releasing water trapped behind it, authorities said. It rushed down the mountain and into other bodies of water, forcing the evacuation of many villages along the banks of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. A hydroelectric plant on the Alaknanda was destroyed, and a plant under construction on the Dhauliganga was damaged, said Vivek Pandey, a spokesman for the paramilitary Indo Tibetan Border Police. Flowing out of the Himalayan mountains, the two rivers meet before merging with the Ganges River. Pandey said at least 42 workers were trapped in two tunnels at the Dhauliganga project. Twelve were rescued from one of the tunnels, while at least 30 others remained stranded inside the other, he said. “The rescuers used ropes and shovels to reach the mouth of the tunnel. They dug through the debris and entered the tunnel. They are yet to come in touch with the stranded people,” said Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand’s top elected official. An additional 140 workers at the two plants were missing, Pandey said. Surjeet Singh, a police official, said at least nine bodies were recovered. The Himalayan area has a chain of hydropower projects on several rivers and their tributaries. Rawat said authorities were able to save other power units downstream because of timely action taken to release water by opening gates. The floodwaters also damaged houses, said Ravi Bejaria, a government spokesman, though he had no details on the number and whether any of the residents were injured, missing or dead. “It all started sometime around 10 in the morning. We heard a bang, which shook our village,” Dinesh Negi, a resident of Raini village, told The Associated Press by phone. He said they watched from high above one of the rivers as the water turned muddy and surged in a torrent. “We knew something wrong had happened,” Negi said. “We could see the fury of the river.” Video showed rescuers in camouflage uniforms and bright yellow or red helmets, using ropes to reach victims. A man who was pulled from a muddy hole threw his arms in the air, and rescuers laughed and exulted with him. Rescue workers comforted victims lying in a row of stretchers in the open. Scientists have long known that global warming is contributing to the melting and the breakup of the world’s glaciers. Anjal Prakash, research director and adjunct professor at the Indian School of Business who has contributed to U.N.-sponsored research on global warming, said that while data on the cause of the disaster was not yet available, “this looks very much like a climate change event as the glaciers are melting due to global warming.” Uttarakhand Police Chief Ashok Kumar said officials immediately alerted residents in the area and evacuated them to safer places. Downstream, popular tourist spots on the banks of the Ganges were shut, and all boating activities were stopped. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that “the nation prays for everyone’s safety” in Uttarakhand. In 2013, thousands of people were killed in Uttarakhand after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, washing away thousands of houses and roads and cutting communications in many places. ——— This story has been corrected to show that authorities launched their search operation on Sunday, not Saturday. It has also been corrected to show that the Dhauliganga hydropower plant is on the Dhauliganga River, not the Alaknanda River. ——— Banerjee reported from Lucknow, India. Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img TAGS  140 are missing after glacier breaks in India’s Himalayas Facebook Previous articleShao Baiqing and Ace Lead Profits Ltd. Initiate Litigation Against Hollysys Automation Technologies in the BVINext articleSeoul Viosys beginnt mit Massenproduktion von 25-Gbit/s-VCSELs für 5G-Kommunikationsanwendungen Digital AIM Web Support Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Hundreds from Co Donegal attend anti-water charges protest in Dublin

first_img Tens of thousands of people, including hundreds from Co Donegal, attended an anti-water charges protest in Dublin yesterday.The demonstration was organised by the Right2Water group, a coalition of community groups, political parties and trade unions.The march organisers claimed over 80,000 people took part.Three separate groups assembled at Connolly Station, Heuston Station and Merrion Square at 1pm yesterday and congregated at O’Connell Bridge.Demonstrators then converged on O’Connell St, with banners from counties across Ireland, including Co Donegal, as well as from many parts of Dublin visible.Up to fifteen busloads fro Co Donegal attended the protest. Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Hundreds from Co Donegal attend anti-water charges protest in Dublincenter_img Pinterest By admin – March 22, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleAppeal over missing Derry manNext articlePolice ‘target six key IRA suspects’ who received On The Run letters admin WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Rail link to Letterkenny ‘not out of the question’

first_img WhatsApp Rail link to Letterkenny ‘not out of the question’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ It has not been ruled out that a planned Belfast-Dublin high speed rail link could connect to Letterkenny.The Good Friday Agreement Committee has been instructed to work with the Northern Ireland Executive with a view towards including the Derry-Belfast line in the cross border rail link as part of the recently launched Shared Island Initiative.Donegal Senator Niall Blaney says given Donegal’s close proximity to Derry, it is not out of the question:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook Facebook By News Highland – November 13, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleSuper trawlers “hoover up” fish off Donegal coastNext articleNew John Hume Foundation launched today News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

California surpasses 4 million acres burned as battle against wildfires goes on

first_imgToa55/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In already the worst wildfire season in California history, the state marked another grim milestone on Sunday when it surpassed 4 million acres burned, more than doubling the previous single-year record set in 2018.“We are dwarfing that previous record, and we have a lot of season left to go,” said Chief Thom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.On Saturday, the state was about 245,000 acres short of 4 million acres burned. But on Sunday morning, Cal Fire reported that the total number of acres burned had surpassed the 4 million mark, more than double the 1.54 million acres burned in 2018.Firefighters have battled at least 8,136 different fires across the state, most occurring since mid-August. The fires have claimed at least 31 lives and destroyed more than 4,600 residential and commercial structures, according to Cal Fire.More than 20 fires continued to burn across the state on Sunday. The largest conflagration is the August Complex fire in Northern California, which was started by a lightning strike on Aug. 16 and had burned nearly 1 million acres by Sunday.The August Complex fire, which is currently 51% contained, was burning across parts of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa counties.The most worrisome blaze continued to be the Glass Fire burning across parts of Sonoma and Napa counties, according to Cal Fire. As of Sunday morning, the Glass fire had consumed nearly 65,000 acres and destroyed at least 826 structures since it started on Sept. 27 — including more than 200 homes and wineries in the famed wine country region. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.The Glass Fire was just 17% contained on Sunday and new evacuation orders were issued for parts of northern Napa County.“The Glass Fire continues to actively burn across Napa and Sonoma Counties due to windy conditions, with slope and topographic driven runs. Critically low fuel moisture, very warm and dry weather conditions are contributing to very active fire behavior,” reads a statement issued by Cal Fire on Sunday.The National Weather Service issued red-flag fire danger warnings overnight for parts of Northern California due to gusty winds and low relative humidity.Meteorologists are forecasting cooler temperatures and a chance of rain in Northern California this coming week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Refining the risk of freezing mortality for Antarctic terrestrial microarthropods

first_imgIn studies of three common, freezing susceptible, Antarctic microarthropods, the springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus and the mites Alaskozetes antarcticus and Halozetes belgicae, we report (i) the consequences on cold tolerance of cooling in contact with water, and (ii) the risk of freezing when held at temperatures above the typical freezing point (measured using standard techniques) for up to 12 h. The springtail showed no change in SCP distribution when in contact with freezing water while, in contrast, the mites showed clear shifts towards decreased cold tolerance, in addition to death of c. 33% of individuals during the freezing of the water. The springtail showed a bimodal SCP distribution, with the population divided into “high”(typically -8 to -12 degree C) and “low” (typically below -20 degree C) groups. Some animals held at temperatures above these values froze, over a timescale between minutes and several hours. These results highlight the danger of equating standard cold tolerance measures with mortality risk under more realistic water and thermal regimes.last_img read more

Ozone profiles in the high-latitude stratosphere and lower mesosphere measured by the Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer (ILAS)-II: comparison with other satellite sensors and ozonesondes

first_imgA solar occultation sensor, the Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer (ILAS)-II, measured 5890 vertical profiles of ozone concentrations in the stratosphere and lower mesosphere and of other species from January to October 2003. The measurement latitude coverage was 54–71°N and 64–88°S, which is similar to the coverage of ILAS (November 1996 to June 1997). One purpose of the ILAS-II measurements was to continue such high-latitude measurements of ozone and its related chemical species in order to help accurately determine their trends. The present paper assesses the quality of ozone data in the version 1.4 retrieval algorithm, through comparisons with results obtained from comprehensive ozonesonde measurements and four satellite-borne solar occultation sensors. In the Northern Hemisphere (NH), the ILAS-II ozone data agree with the other data within ±10% (in terms of the absolute difference divided by its mean value) at altitudes between 11 and 40 km, with the median coincident ILAS-II profiles being systematically up to 10% higher below 20 km and up to 10% lower between 21 and 40 km after screening possible suspicious retrievals. Above 41 km, the negative bias between the NH ILAS-II ozone data and the other data increases with increasing altitude and reaches 30% at 61–65 km. In the Southern Hemisphere, the ILAS-II ozone data agree with the other data within ±10% in the altitude range of 11–60 km, with the median coincident profiles being on average up to 10% higher below 20 km and up to 10% lower above 20 km. Considering the accuracy of the other data used for this comparative study, the version 1.4 ozone data are suitably used for quantitative analyses in the high-latitude stratosphere in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and in the lower mesosphere in the Southern Hemisphere.last_img read more