Al-Jazeera office in Amman shut down

first_img Organisation News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Follow the news on Jordan RSF_en News August 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts August 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera office in Amman shut down Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown News to go further Help by sharing this information News JordanMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives The Jordanian information minister has withdrawn accreditation in Amman for Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV, closing down the office in the capital. The channel is accused of “provoking sedition in the kingdom” and “defaming” the royal family. He also prohibited its correspondants from working inside Jordan and warned them that they would be prosecuted if they did not submit to the order. On 11 August 2002, the authorities at Amman airport seized 29 video cassettes belonging to the sports correspondent of the television channel Al Jazira, who was on his way to Qatar.The confiscation of the tapes follows a decision taken by the Jordanian government on 7 August to withdraw accreditation from the Qatar channel, on the grounds that it had defamed Jordan and the country’s royal family. According to the journalist, the authorities want to check whether the pictures were filmed before Al Jazira journalists were banned from working in Jordan. The tapes will be returned to him if the pictures date from before 7 August.______________________________________________________________  The Jordanian information ministry has withdrawn accreditation in Amman for Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV, closing down the office in the capital. The channel is accused of “provoking sedition in the kingdom” and “defaming” the royal family.”Once again Al-Jazeera has been silenced in the Arab world. This censorship is unacceptable for a country that seeks to be seen internationally as respecting freedom of expression,” said Robert Ménard, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders in a letter to information ministry Mohammad Adwan.”We urge you to withdraw this measure and to grant Al Jazeera and its journalists a fresh accreditation,” he added.The information ministry announced its decision to effectively close the Al-Jazeera bureau in the Jordan Multimedia Production building on 7 August, accusing it of “continuously intends to harm Jordan and its national stands whether directly or indirectly”. Information minister Mohammad Adwan warned its four correspondents working in Jordan that they would be prosecuted if they did not submit to the order.It followed the broadcast the previous evening of a political programme “Opposite Direction”. One of the participants in the debate, a US university professor of Palestinian origin, strongly criticised the late King Hussein of Jordan, whom he described as being in the pay of the United States. He also accused Jordan of having pro-Israeli policies.In an interview with AFP, Mohammad Adwan said that the broadcast had “surpassed all kinds of decency in its programms by attacking the nation’s leaders and its nobilities”. He said that remarks by the participants and the presenter of the programme constituted “pure defamation against Jordan and the royal family” and he concluded that, “there is no doubt today that Al-Jazeera has adopted a conscious anti-Jordan policy”.Mohammed Jassem Al-Ali, managing editor of Al-Jazeera said he regretted the decision of the Jordanian information ministry, but that the channel “cannot gag the mouths of people”. “We had not intended to offend Jordan or to harm its relations with Arab countries”, he said.Reporters Without Borders recalled that at the start of the year Al-Jazeera was strongly criticised by Saudi Arabia and suffered censorship in Bahrain last March and in Iraq in July. The Jordanian government closed its bureau in Amman on a previous occasion between November 1998 and April 1999. At that time channel was accused of “deliberately and repeatedly insulting the Jordanian people and regime”. April 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Hawks edge Leafs 2-1 to close in on Murdoch Division leaders

first_imgBeaver Valley opened the scoring in the first period when Bradley Ross beat Quinn Yeager in the Nelson nets 14 minutes into the frame.The visitors doubled the lead in the second when Aidan Browell scored less than two minutes into the period.Beaver Valley maintained its lead until Logan Wullum gave Nelson some life with a shorthanded tally early in the third period.Nelson pressed for the equalizer, out shooting Beaver Valley 8-6 in the period but was unable to score on 6’3” netminder Owen Sikkes in the Hawks net.Beaver Valley out shot Nelson 24-20 in the contest.Both teams return to the ice Saturday.Beaver Valley hosts Golden Rockets while Spokane Braves pay a visit to the NDCC Arena to face the Leafs.In other Murdoch action, Fernie travels to Castlegar and Kimberley is in Grand Forks to face the Bruins. It appears there’s not a lot to choose from between the Nelson Leafs and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch rivals played another tight contest Friday night in the Heritage City, this time Beaver Valley coming out on top with a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.The two clubs opened the season with the Leafs escaping with a 1-0 win — both games were played in Nelson.The victory moves the Hawks to within two points of the Murdoch Division-leading Leafs, which saw an end to a four-game winning streak.Nelson, dropping its second game of the season, is currently tied for top spot with the Grand Fork Border Bruins.The Bruins scored three times in the third period to outlast Golden 7-4.last_img read more

Zidane admits fondness for Champions League rival Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s French head coach Zinedine Zidane © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEMADRID, Spain, Mar 17 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he would have preferred to avoid Juventus in Friday’s Champions League draw because of his attachment to the Italian giant where he spent five happy years.The match, to be played on 3-11 April, is a replay of last season’s Champions League final, which brought Zidane back-to-back European crowns with a 4-1 win in Cardiff. “I spent five years over there and it was an important club in my career as a player, so obviously it always has an effect on me when we play Juve,” said Zidane, who as a Juventus player lost the 1998 Champions League final to Real Madrid.“I would have preferred to avoid Juventus for many reasons,” said the coach who joined Madrid as a player in 2001, scoring a wonder-goal to clinch the Champions League final with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.“But we drew Juve and now I have to concentrate on that and forget about everything that happened to me there as a player even if it’ll always be there in the back of my mind.”“They look as solid as they were last year,” said Zidane of the Juve outfit renowned for rock-solid defending and clinical breakaway finishing.Zidane was also quizzed about Gareth Bale’s state of mind and was asked if the Welsh winger was depressed at Madrid after missing selection for both legs of the last-16 victory over PSG.“He’s a very important part of our squad, he is happy to be with us and he has showed that. You can think whatever you want but he isn’t sad,” Zidane insisted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Venda ‘milestone’ for South African film

first_img29 October 2013The award-winning Elelwani, the world’s first Tshivenda-language feature film, will have a special run at Johannesburg’s Cinema Nouveau from 1 to 7 November before opening in South African cinemas in January.The November run will ensure that the film can be considered for next year’s South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), says Helen Kuun, chief executive of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is responsible for the film’s local distribution.Elelwani (“The Promise” in English) is directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli and based on a 1954 novel of the same name by Titus Ntsiene Maumela. According to Luruli, the film is about “a progressive young woman growing up in the new South Africa, trying to shed her cultural past but later realising its value; that the past is still relevant in dealing with the present, including the future”.The lead role is played by Florence Masebe, who won the best actress award at the African Movie Academy awards in Nigeria in April. The film also won the award for best production design.The film has been described as an “ethnographic thriller infused with the tradition of oral storytelling”, offering viewers a “cinematic initiation into the culture of the Venda”.The film was shot in the beautiful Thohoyandou area of Limpopo.“Elelwani is a unique film and an important milestone in South African cinema history,” Kuun told the National Film and Video Foundation. “Not only does it provides a window into Venda culture, but it’s also a well told tale that is beautifully shot, with solid performances from the lead characters.“We are confident that the film is likely to win awards, which is why we want to ensure that it is eligible for the 2014 Saftas by exhibiting it in November this year. The Saftas celebrate creativity, quality and excellence in South African film, and Elelwani is definitely a movie that we can all be proud of.”Elelwani was made possible through funding from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, a Department of Trade and Industry rebate, and the Department of Arts and Culture. SAinfo reporter and National Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Vectorized Art Using Sketch and Toon

first_imgLearn how to create a vectorized line art animation in this Cinema 4D Video Tutorial.One of the coolest (and lesser known) features in Cinema 4D is the ability to render out a vectorized 2D style animation using the Sketch and Toon effect. The following tutorial by EJ Hassenfratz at Eyedesyn shows how to use this flat, line-art style in the following animation:All of the effects and plug-ins used in this tutorial are native to Cinema 4D. The tutorial covers:Sketch Style TagsWorking with Outlines and OverlapsChoosing Background ColorsWorking Matte MaterialsAdvanced Sketch and Toons OptionsYou can also download the project files from Eyedesyn’s website.This video was shared by EJ Hassenfratz on Eyedesyn.com. Thanks for sharing EJ!Want to take your Cinema 4D skills to the next level? Check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of exclusive Cinema 4D tutorials dedicated to making you a better 3D artist.Have any other tips for creating this vectorized style in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Immense scope for medical tourism between India, Netherlands: Ayush Minister

first_imgThe Hague, Sep 3 (PTI) There is an immense scope for cooperation in medical tourism between India and the Netherlands, Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Yesso Naik said today.The healthcare system in the Netherlands is one of the best in Europe, and there is a lot of potential to integrate traditional knowledge from India, he said at a seminar titled ‘India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda’ at Leiden.Ayush refers to traditional and non-allopathic medical systems in India. It includes ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha, and homoeopathy.”India is the world’s largest producer of generic medicine and there is wide scope for medical value travel to India, both in conventional and alternative medical treatments such as Ayurveda,” Naik said at the seminar organised by the Indian Embassy here. Emphasising that the scope for cooperation in the health sector between the two countries is immense, he said, “India and the Netherlands can work together closely to promote healthy living.”Asserting that both the countries have top class medical practitioners, Naik said the Netherlands with its 2.25 lakh Indian origin population can lead the way in promoting Indian traditional medicine across Europe. Addressing the seminar, Dutch minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins said Ayurveda’s approach for healthcare differs for individuals and being healthy does not only mean being free from illness but also being independent, functional and participating in society.”Cooperation between India and the Netherlands in healthcare can become stronger with both countries working together to deal with the issue of antibiotic resistance,” he added.advertisementAlojz Peterle, former Prime Minister of Slovenia and current member of European Parliament, said Ayurveda is considered as the mother of modern medicine.He further said Indo-European strategic cooperation should also include healthcare.The Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Venu Rajamony, pointed out that the biggest health challenge the Netherlands faces is high costs and the need for care for an ageing population.”Ayurveda and Yoga can help reduce costs and promote healthy ageing,” Rajamony said.The seminar was the concluding event of the 4th International Ayurveda Congress organised by the Indian Embassy in the Netherlands in collaboration with International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, Netherlands, All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune.Naik is on an official four-day visit to the Netherlands from September 1. He is leading a delegation of senior officials from Ministry of Ayush, including the Pharmacopoeia Commission of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy.The minister will meet the Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague in charge of healthcare, witness a yoga demonstration by Dutch yoga enthusiasts and visit the Samadhi Sthal of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Vlodrop tomorrow. PTI AKV SCYSCYlast_img read more

Mason Rudolphs Finds James Washington for Two of Four First-Half TDs

first_imgMason Rudolph was 12/17 for 272 yards and four TDs in the first half. Two of those were to James Washington who had four catches for 110 yards as the Pokes took a 28-9 lead over TCU. Here’s a look.How good was that ball on the first one? My gosh. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficult

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits playing second fiddle to Alisson Becker this season has been tough.Mignolet is due to start in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.”Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before – it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it.“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.“Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. “It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fans Tweeted Racist Remarks At Cinci’s Octavius Ellis After His Physical Play vs. Kentucky

first_imgCincinnati's Octavius Ellis.Cincinnati junior sophomore forward Octavius Ellis had himself an interesting week, to say the least. Ellis, one of the more physical players in the nation, was ejected against Purdue in his team’s second round contest after swinging an elbow at Boilermaker A.J. Hammons early in the second half. After the game, he made headlines when he trash-talked Kentucky ahead of their third round matchup. Unfortunately, that isn’t really where the story ends.Following the Wildcats’ win over the Bearcats Saturday night, a number of college basketball fans tweeted disparaging remarks at Ellis. Many of the comments were racist in nature. Others suggested he is a “thug”, and will be in jail soon. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.34 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.30.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.27.42 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.17 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.15 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.23.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.13 PMIt’s important to note that it’s likely that not all of these “fans” support Kentucky, and even if they do, they don’t represent the majority of the team’s fan base. Ellis handled the situation well, tweeting a photo of himself smiling as the comments were coming in. Still smiling thru the bad an good lol pic.twitter.com/KJX9NXZsrG— octavius ellis (@Tay_UC2) March 22, 2015Needless to say, this kind of behavior needs to stop immediately. And it isn’t just a Kentucky problem – it’s a problem across the entire college sports landscape.last_img read more

David Suzuki Says Canada Cannot Dig Its Way Out Of The Fossil

first_imgEnvironmentalist David Suzuki recently lamented on the typical political perspective on fossil fuels.“Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities,” Suzuki says, “politicians should first consider the long-term health and well-being of the people they’re elected to represent. When it comes to climate change and fossil fuels, many aren’t living up to that.”Canada’s national carbon pricing initiatives alone will not meet the country’s Paris Agreement commitment, and the Paris Agreement alone will not solve global warming.“It’s difficult to take a government seriously,” says Suzuki, “when it approves or supports expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and development while the world continues to break warming records with increasingly dire consequences.”Even with no new development, current oil and gas fields will take the planet beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. And yet here’s what’s in the lineup:• A liquid natural gas project within British Columbia’s critical salmon-rearing territory (and without First Nations’ approval) • Three more bitumen pipelines to support oil sands expansion, at least one of which is likely to be approved by the Canadian government • Continued subsidies (currently $3.3 billion/year in tax breaks and handouts) to the fossil fuel industry“Saskatchewan has Canada’s best wind and solar resources, but the government focuses on expensive and unreliable schemes like carbon capture and storage,” says Suzuki. “It’s all a form of denial. Conserving energy, shifting to cleaner sources, reducing automobile use by improving transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, protecting and restoring carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands, and getting a handle on agricultural emissions are all possible, and would create numerous jobs and economic opportunities.“As Oil Change International says, ‘If you’re in a hole, stop digging.’”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more