News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today called on President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to grant a swift pardon to jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui, who is in a very weak condition after staging a series of hunger strikes.The organisation issued its appeal after the Tunis court of cassation on 12 July rejected a request by Yahyaoui’s lawyer for it to overturn his conviction. The court is the country’s highest appeal court, and its ruling means that Yahyaoui has exhausted all possible means of legal recourse.”We condemn the hard line taken by the Tunisian judiciary with this cyber-dissident, whose only crime is to have dared to denounce President Ben Ali’s totalitarian regime,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.Yahyaoui was arrested on 4 June 2002 and was sentenced on 10 July 2002 to two years in prison for allegedly circulating false news and making fraudulent use of Internet connections. Last month he was awarded the first Reporters Without Borders cyber-freedom prize. News July 16, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential pardon only hope for cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui November 12, 2019 Find out more
MORE: Clive Palmer’s son loses small fortune on land bank FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 MORE: How much would you pay for a shed? MORE: Pat Rafter misses out on $1m payday MORE: NRL star’s renovated unit goes viral The overwhelming view was that it would remain in neutral (95 per cent probability).“While risks abound, the RBA Gov. indicated on November 20 the central scenario is playing out highlighting “the economy is moving in the right direction and further progress is expected in lowering unemployment and having inflation consistent with the target”.”Mr Newnaha added that annual wage growth not expected to rise above 2.75 per cent for at least the next two years “the RBA would be hard pressed to turn hawkish now”. Economists predict the Reserve Bank will keep the official cash rate at 1.5 per cent at the final board meeting of 2018 on Tuesday December 4. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito.The Reserve Bank board will keep rates at a historic low 1.5 per cent when it meets for the last time in 2018 on Tuesday — and your debts could be playing a part in that, analysts say.Financial experts and analysts across the board believe the RBA board was now “stuck in neutral” when it came to the official cash rate forecasts — and record high borrowing levels could be playing a role in that.The probability of RBA increasing rates by 25 basis points would rise in the New Year though, with TD Securities picking a 38 per cent chance by November 2019. Probability of a 25 bps RBA move from 1.5 per cent. Source: TD Securities/BloombergTD Securities senior Asia-Pacific rates strategist Prashant Newnaha said RBA’s focus on financial stability implied “there is a low probability the Bank will turn dovish with household debt to income at record highs”.He quoted RBA’s recent statement that “…the outlook for household consumption growth continues to represent a significant uncertainty for the forecasts”.The probability of RBA dropping rates was just 4 per cent, according to TB Securities analysis, and even more unlikely was that it would raise rates (1 per cent probability).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago
The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 17, 2020 The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity.The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___ The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.”___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling. The Latest: Senior LPGA Championship off because of virus Associated Press The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season. The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.” Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded.___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group. Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Madrid, Spain | AFP | Clock-watching is an integral part of any Olympic Games but even the most eagle-eyed sporting anoraks might be forgiven for missing the fact that Sunday marks 600 days until the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.For most people, it is not actually a particularly significant milestone but for 160 people of 35 nationalities beavering away in a building overlooking a highway in Madrid, the pressure of organising the biggest television show on earth just went up a notch.These are the people of the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a wing of the International Olympic Committee responsible since 2008 for providing the pictures of every competition which are beamed around the world.The size of the audience is phenomenal as is the money that is generated.Over five billion viewers tuned in for the last Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as opposed to 3.4 billion for this year’s football World Cup.Television stations from around the world have dished out more than six billion dollars for the rights to the Games in Tokyo — broadcasting the event is a complex, lucrative business managed from the Spanish capital.“Preparing and planning for the games is an ongoing function, so as we speak we are obviously very close to the finalisation of our plans for Tokyo,” says Yiannis Exarchos, the imposing Greek boss of the OBS.“But we have already started quite detailed planning for the winter games in Beijing (2022) and we have already started engaging with Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028).”– A ‘burden’ on host cities –The first time pictures were beamed live from the Olympics was Berlin in 1936. It wasn’t until the 1964 Games, also in Tokyo, that pictures went live around the world.Back then it was the responsibility of the host nation to provide the coverage and that is how it stayed until 2008.“During the games we employ a team of more than 7,000 professionals coming from 90 different countries, we have 1,000 cameras, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of cables,” says Exarchos. “This started to become a big burden for the organising committee as the Games grew bigger and more complex.“As early as the Games of Atlanta (1996), it was made clear that the IOC should do something to support the cities.”So it was that the IOC created OBS in 2001 to provide coverage of all Olympic and Paralympic Games.– Infrastructure –Beijing 2008 marked the OBS’ first outing and it comes as no surprise to discover that Sotiris Salamouris, who is in charge of technology at OBS, was back in Beijing last month to discuss the next Winter Olympics in 2022.“We need to have a good number of discussions with the organising committee in terms of the infrastructures they need to make available for us,” says Salamouris. “The IBC, that is the priority.”The IBC is the International Broadcast Centre, a bustling hub set up in each host city where television channels from all over the world get the signal from OBS to broadcast back home.“We need to work quite early with the organising committee to find this facility, to secure it, to agree about timelines, additional works necessary.“This is what we have begun with Paris,” says Salamouris looking ahead already to the Summer Olympics of 2024.Given that the IOC is based in Lausanne, it may raise an eyebrow to see that the OBS is centred in Madrid.“It does not come from heaven, it comes from (Manolo) Romero,” jokes IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs whose father served 21 years as president of the IOC.A Spaniard and in charge of radio and television coverage of the Games since Mexico in 1968, Romero was appointed head of OBS when it was created and insisted on the headquarters being in Madrid, where he lived.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
TINTON FALLS – The Ranney School community honored its retiring head of school by dedicating the middle and upper school building in recognition of Dr. Lawrence S. Sykoff for his more than two decades of service.Students, parents, school facility, administration and guests gathered May 21 on Ranney’s campus, 235 Hope Road, to dedicate the building now named the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence.Ranney Upper School students, from left, Kendall Tropey, Jordan Hesslein and James Soldati, place school memorabilia into a time capsule during the dedication and naming of the Lawrence Sykoff Center for Excellence that honors theretiring head of school.Sykoff, who is retiring at the end of the school year, has been head of school for the pre-K-12th grade private school since 1993.Students were present to assist with the placing of noteworthy mementos from the year school year into a time capsule for the newly named facility. The capsule will be buried in the building’s courtyard.“You’re true lasting legacy, Dr. Sykoff, is the thousands of young adults that have been impacted because of what you have done with the school,” board of trustees President Jamie Price said during the outdoor ceremony. “They will be better prepared for life’s challenges and are guided by a strong ethical code. Most importantly, they will go on to impact millions of people and will change the world in ways we have yet to see.”
By Liz Sheehan |MONMOUTH BEACH – While beachgoers heading to and from the beach on a recent Sunday all looked the same – laden with chairs, towels and even surfboards – they definitely weren’t. Some had paid to use the beach and others had not.A booth sits at the foot of the ramp across the seawall in the parking lot of the bathing pavilion. Here beachgoers can choose to show a seasonal badge or buy a daily pass and head to the left. Or they can head to the right and use the public beach for free.A seasonal or daily pass includes the use of the bathing pavilion and the lifeguard-protected beach. The free beach is unprotected and has no bathroom facilities, save for one portable toilet located near the entrance ramp.There are four free public beaches in Monmouth Beach and another six in neighboring Sea Bright.After coming down the ramp to leave the free beach, Mark Perl, Oceanport, packed his beach umbrella on the back of his bicycle for his ride home. “I’ll never pay to go on the beach,” he said. His choice of a bicycle was wise as there were no parking spaces anywhere near the beach at midday that Sunday.Although Perl said he would never pay for the beach, he probably already has, through his taxes. Hector Mosely, a public information staff member for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that, prior to Super Storm Sandy, the federal government provided around 65 percent of the funds for the rebuilding of beaches, with the state and boroughs paying the other 35 percent. After Sandy, the funds for the beach restoration were paid only by the federal government.Mosely said $75 million was spent on beach replenishment in Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright prior to the storm, with $26 million spent since the October 2012 hurricane.Sea Bright Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the towns are required to provide some public access beaches because of the beach renovation funds paid by the federal government.Mark Perl of Oceanport spent a day at the free public access beach right next to the paid beach at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.Parking can be a problem for all beachgoers in Monmouth Beach. Another bicycle rider, Gay Lowden of Fair Haven, said she drives to Long Branch, leaves her car at a friend’s house there, and rides a bike to Monmouth Beach.The town sells a parking pass for $40 a season that can be used at the bathing pavilion parking lot and another parking lot a short block from the beach between Surf Road and Valentine Street, but parking is not guaranteed. Some of the streets in the town are marked as no parking, and on sunny summer weekends it is a challenge to locate a parking place.Lowden said she usually comes to the beach between 3 and 5 p.m. for a swim but admits that paying for admission to the beach is really expensive. “I am a single mother,” she said.“It’s our ocean,” Lowden said, adding that New Jersey “is the only place you have to pay to get on the beach.”Stefanie Fishbein, Shrewsbury, who was leaving the beach, said she had not been aware that a free beach was next to the one she had paid to use.That public beach has no sign indicating it is free, or that it has public access. Neither do the three other free public access beaches in the town – at Cottage Road, at Central Road, and across from the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. Instead there are signs placed on some of the platforms on top of the seawall stating the beach is unprotected, but these can be difficult to spot.The borough places traffic cones to mark the pedestrian crossings on Ocean Avenue to three of its free beaches and has a police force member and a traffic light at the crossing that leads to the free beach at the bathing pavilion. At the cultural center there are three portable toilets in the parking lot for the free beachgoers.The public access beaches in Sea Bright are clearly marked as “Public Access” on the front of the steps that cross the seawall to the beach and are easily spotted by those driving by.But parking is also an issue for those going to the public access beaches in Sea Bright. One person who uses the public access beaches there advised that it is best to come early or late in the day to find a parking spot.Starting from the southern end of Sea Bright, the public access beaches in the town are located at 1500 Ocean Ave., across from the Sunrise/Ocean Reef Condominiums; 9 1/2 Tradewinds Lane, inside the Tradewinds complex; across from 640 Ocean Ave.; across from 568 Ocean Ave.; across from 314 Ocean Ave. and Oceanfront Restaurant/Beachwalk; and across from 224 Ocean Ave., Via Ripa.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
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17 December 200446-year-old East Rand salesman Eddie du Pisanie is retrenched and decides life is no longer worth living. He writes a suicide note to his wife and is about to gas himself in his car in the garage when he switches on the car radio.The Elvis Presley song he hears does more than take him back 30 years – it recalls an event in his childhood that changed his life forever.Abandoning – for the moment – the idea of suicide, he drives the 200 kilometre journey to the town in which he grew up, to a lamp post opposite the ex-Carlton Bioscope in Witbank, there to retrace his life, to try to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong, and why it went wrong …Can we change our own destinies? “Elvis” du Pisanie is about to find out …“The Return of Elvis du Pisanie”, first performed in 1992, won more awards in a single year than any other play in the history of South African Theatre: the 1993 Vita, Fleur du Cap and Dalro Awards included best new South African play, best actor, best production, best director – as well as The Star Tonight/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy.“The Return of Elvis du Pisanie”, written and performed by Paul Slabolepszy and directed by Lara Foot Newton, comes to Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay for five performances from 18 to 22 January 2005.SouthAfrica.info reporter