Mogadishu-based journalist killed, ninth this year in Somalia

first_imgNews Receive email alerts February 24, 2021 Find out more to go further News Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by freelance cameraman Zakariye Mohamed Mohamud Moallim’s murder last night in Mogadishu. Aged 24, he was shot in the head and chest by unidentified gunmen in the district of Nasib Bundo and died on the spot, becoming the ninth journalist to be murdered this year in Somalia.For the time being, it is impossible to say whether Moallim was killed in connection with his work. His father, Mohamed Mohamud, is also a journalist and works for Radio Mogadishu.”The new president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud, needs to appreciate the gravity of the situation for journalists in his country, the deadliest in Africa for the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By ordering an immediate probe into this freelance cameraman’s death and by giving the investigators the resources they need to arrest and punish those responsible, the president would demonstrate his and his government’s determination to combat the impunity enjoyed by the murderers of journalists until now.”The protection of media workers should be one of the new government’s priorities as the regularity with which they are attacked is liable to encourage even more self-censorship or drive them into exile. Somalia is already a media black hole and news coverage could disappear altogether if nothing is done to end this spiral.”Journalists have been killed at the rate of one a month this year in Somalia. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information January 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Follow the news on Somalia News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists September 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mogadishu-based journalist killed, ninth this year in Somalia SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Lawmakers & Common Core Opponents Blast Education Czar Nom John King

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York State lawmakers joined Common Core opponents in criticizing President Barack Obama’s nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner John King for U.S. Secretary of Education in the first day of confirmation hearings Thursday.King, who assumed the role of acting commissioner in January, remains a lightning rod for fury among parents and teachers across New York State upset about his botched implementation of the controversial Common Core education reforms, which led to hundreds of thousands of students across the state and nation “opting out” of taking the standardized tests.Critics charge King’s previous tenure is proof he is incompetent and therefore unqualified for a higher office that carries nationwide responsibilities. “The bottom line is putting King as the Secretary of Education is basically perpetuating a flawed program that’s destructive to kids and destructive to schools,” NYS Assemb. Al Graf (R,C,I – Holbrook) tells the Press. “I would think that if they really want to fix education in this country, you want someone with experience in the classroom. And he doesn’t have that. He made a mess of New York, now you’re going to give him the opportunity to make a mess out of the rest of the country?”Graf accompanied fellow Long Island lawmakers Assemb. Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square), Assemb. Dave McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick) and Assemb. Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) in issuing statements calling upon U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Charles Schumer to oppose the confirmation. “I am disappointed with the decision to nominate King as Arne Duncan’s successor, as it limits the opportunity to revitalize the future of our education system,” slammed Assemb. Ra, ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Education, in a press release. “We are encouraging our federal representatives to oppose King’s selection because he is simply not the visionary our students deserve. “In order to be successful in our efforts, we must keep our calls for appropriate educational standards, local control, and decreased reliance on mandated testing consistent at the state and federal levels,” he continued.Despite the bashing, King, who grew up in Brooklyn and whose parents were lifelong public school educators, credited education with saving his life during testimony before the U.S. Senate Education Committee Thursday. “I’m mindful of how remarkable it is that I am here at all,” he told federal lawmakers. “Some of you may know, I believe education is the difference between hope and despair, between life and death even, because it was for me.”Describing a “scary and unpredictable” home life following the death of his mother when he was 8 years old and the loss of his father to undiagnosed Alzheimer’s disease just four years later, King stated:“Amidst that trauma and uncertainty, school was my refuge and teachers were my saviors.” His personal battles aside, King remains within the crosshairs of local anti-Common Core advocates, among them, the Patchogue-Medford School District went so far as to adopt a resolution opposing his nomination, with its Board of Education declaring: “We cannot help but conclude that amplifying Dr. King’s abject failure as the leader of the educational establishment in New York State to the federal level is good for no one.”The resolution put forth a recommendation stipulating that “the President of the United States nominate, for our nation, a Secretary of Education who is proven leader in education, who has extensive public school experience, and proven success, as a both a teacher and administrator, who will be responsive to others, while being empathetic to the realistic needs of our nation’s students and working with the educational community.”Patchogue-Medford Superintendent Michael Hynes tells the Press via Facebook: “In his short tenure as the Commissioner of Education, John King has done more damage to the children in the state of NY then the past five commissioners combined.”In a feature report titled “John King: More of the Same or Worse” for the education advocacy nonprofit Network for Public Education, Executive Director Carol Burris (former principal of Rockville Centre’s South Side High School) detailed King’s experience leading up to this nomination, describing King as an inadequate leader who oversaw disastrous education policy. Burris examines not only King’s lack of experience as a classroom educator, but within the realm of public education. His experience, it states, centered around only private and charter schools for a total of three years before taking a position as managing director of the Uncommon Schools chain of charter schools. Burris describes King as “inflexible” and “quick to criticize” those who opposed his views while education commissioner. Under his tenure, the “opt-out” movement in New York grew such that an estimated 240,000 students refused the tests, and 625,000 nationwide, according to nonprofit The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Burris also criticizes King’s decision to “stay the course” after it was apparent that the Common Core initiative was riddled with flaws that invalidated the efforts of the education community and discouraged thousands of educators, students, and parents throughout the state.“The 2013 Common Core tests were a disaster,” Burris writes. “The setting of unreasonably high proficiency cut scores, the length of the tests, and confusing and overly difficult questions caused both scores and parent confidence to plummet. “Principals reported young children in tears, becoming physically ill,” she adds. “The 2014 tests were a rerun of the previous year, and the achievement gap and the Opt Out movement grew. In 2014, the New York State United Teachers called for John King’s resignation.”last_img read more

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Arsenal hero Lee Dixon slams Unai Emery’s ‘very, very poor’ team after draw with Watford

first_imgArsenal hero Lee Dixon slams Unai Emery’s ‘very, very poor’ team after draw with Watford Comment Phil HaighSunday 15 Sep 2019 9:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link261Shares Watford had 31 shots during the game, the most Arsenal have ever seen taken at them during a Premier League game.The Gunners seemed to be far too devoted to their plan of passing it out from the back from goal kicks, an insistence which led to Watford’s first goal.A poor effort at a pass from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in his own penalty box was intercepted by Cleverley who slotted past Bernd Leno.Sky Sports pundit Tim Cahill questioned the tactic, saying: ‘There were warnings from the goal-kicks, playing one-twos on the edge of the box and losing possession, how many times do you want to do it?’Emery attempted to dismiss this criticism by saying that his side tried a different tactic, but that wasn’t working either.‘We were also trying the long ball and physically they are more strong than us and they were also winning the long ball,’ Emery told Sky Sports.MORE: Granit Xhaka says his Arsenal team-mates were ‘scared’ during draw with WatfordMORE: Arsenal were ‘like a semi-professional team’ in draw with Watford, says Graeme Souness Advertisement David Luiz gave away a penalty in Arsenal’s draw with Watford (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Lee DIxon has blasted the Gunners’ performance in their 2-2 draw with Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side looked to be a in a great position at half time, holding a 2-0 lead thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.However, everything seemed to change at the break and Watford came out to dominate the second half, with goals from Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra leveling things up.The Hornets had numerous other chances in the second period and Abdoulaye Doucoure had a wonderful chance to score a winner as the clock ticked down.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGunners captain Granit Xhaka admitted that his team were happy to take a point in the end, and said Arsenal were ‘scared’ in the second half.Dixon, who made over 600 appearances for Arsenal, has slammed the performance at Vicarage Road for a range of reasons.The former full-back tweeted: ‘The worst performance without the ball for a very long time. No accountability what so ever. Game management zero. Game understanding zero. Responsibility to others zero. Very very poor.’The worst performance without the ball for a very long time. No accountability what so ever. Game management zero. Game understanding zero. Responsibility to others zero. Very very poor— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) September 15, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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West Africa Ebola deaths pass 300

first_img Tweet Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint West Africa Ebola deaths pass 300 by: – June 18, 2014 38 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! There is no known cure or vaccine for EbolaThe number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has risen to 337, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.Fourteen deaths and 47 new cases were reported across the region over the last week, it added.Guinea is worst-affected with 264 Ebola-related deaths. In Sierra Leone, there have been 49 deaths and in Liberia 24, the WHO said.The three countries have been battling to contain the outbreak since February.The outbreak began in southern Guinea’s Guekedou region, but then spread to its neighbours.‘Unmarked borders’More than 500 suspected or confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded, the WHO said.There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – one of the world’s deadliest viruses.It is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of those infected, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the WHO.Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.On Tuesday, Liberia reported the first Ebola-related deaths in its capital city, Monrovia.Seven people have died there, including a baby and a woman who had come from Sierra Leone, health officials said.This is the first time an Ebola outbreak has hit multiple locations in three countries, reports BBC International Development correspondent Mark Doyle.The people who inhabit the region where Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone meet are from the Kissy ethnic group and they cross the often unmarked borders freely, to farm and trade.So maintaining medical controls is a real challenge, our correspondent says.The WHO said it was working with the three countries to strengthen cross-border collaboration aimed at tackling the outbreak.It does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions on the three countries, the WHO added.Ebola virus disease (EVD)• Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage• Fatality rate can reach 90%• Incubation period is two to 21 days• There is no vaccine or cure• Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery• Fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the virusBBC Newslast_img read more

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USG officially kicks off election season

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government officially launched election season at midnight on Wednesday when USG candidates released their campaigns through the USG elections website and via social media, primarily through Facebook.In comparison to last year’s USG election, the elections committee has worked on improving student voter turnout, as well as clearly outlining candidate platforms. This year, as part of launching their goal to focus on voter awareness and student concerns, USG has added various pre-election events and a diversity debate to supplement the presidential debate that takes place at the end of the campaign.Christine Hennes, USG senior director of communications, discussed specific ways in which students can get involved throughout the election process.“The week before elections, candidates can start campaigning on campus. That is when they can begin to distribute T-shirts, flyers and signs to make themselves more visible to students on campus,” Hennes said. “Then, starting on Feb. 9, we have a ‘Vote On’ event at Tommy Trojan where students can get to know more about the candidates and more about what the roles specifically are and what they are voting on.”Hennes also noted the creation of a funding board to aid campaign finances for candidates.Presidential tickets for the 2015-2016 election included Rini Sampath for president, current USG vice president and her partner, Jordan Fowler for vice president, current USG director of university affairs; Ehren Elder for vice president, former Interfraternity Council executive vice president of administrative affairs, and Providence Ilisevich for president, current USG Greek senator; and Devon Manny and Sharon Oh, sophomores majoring in animation and digital art.Fowler discussed her partnership with Sampath for the election, commenting on how thrilled she was to join her in the election.“Rini and I have worked together in the past, so it wasn’t too shocking that Rini was asking me to join her team in some regard,” Fowler said.Sampath discussed how her platform differs from other candidates.“I think what really sets us apart in terms of all the tickets is that our platform is based on a lot of the work that we have already been doing and that is why our slogan itself is ‘Real Results,’” Sampath said. “You’ll see that there are some overlapping platform points, but we are the ticket that’s already been doing the work on a lot of these.”Elder and Ilisevich join the presidential campaign with specific experience in the branch of Greek life under USG.  Elder and Ilisevich have worked together for the past nine months, discussing issues they felt were important on campus.“In this election I am just looking forward to going to as many student groups as possible. Our slogan is ‘Because Your Voice Matters’ and we really believe that,” Elder said. “Our biggest emphasis in our platform is that while the university may have a focus on alumni and prospective students, the most important thing is today’s students and the most important thing is that the issues that matter to current students are met and that their voices our heard throughout all levels of administration.”Manny and Oh discussed the importance of teamwork to advance policy change.“I guess I’ve always felt like I really wanted to make an impact on places you know from a very young age,” Manny said. “Getting to USC, there are so many amazing things going on, but at the same time there are a lot of things that can be changed. We both are really strong in our beliefs that we want to have a strong impact on this school and currently there is not enough being done to make this a place what it should be at this point.”last_img read more

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