Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six years

first_imgNews RSF_en Follow the news on Mauritania Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is delighted to report that Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir, a Mauritian blogger who had been held for more than five and a half years and who was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, was released at dawn yesterday. RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release News Help by sharing this information News July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post May 20, 2021 Find out more July 30, 2019 Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six years Organisation to go further MauritaniaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression When contacted by RSF after his release, Mkhaitir thanked all the organizations who have been campaigning on his behalf ever since his arrest in January 2014. He was arrested for a Facebook post criticizing the use of religion to justify discriminatory practices against the blacksmith community to which he belongs.The death sentence he received in December 2014 on a charge of apostasy was eventually commuted to two years in prison by a Nouadhibou appeal court in November 2017. He should then have been released but many demonstrations calling for his execution had been held during his trial and the authorities continued to detain him on “security grounds”, denying him access to his family and lawyers.“We are deeply relieved that he has finally been freed after being held for more than five and a half years in almost total isolation,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For nothing more than a social network post, he was subjected to a terrible ordeal that violated a decision by his own country’s judicial system. This blogger was francophone Africa’s longest-held citizen-journalist. We thank all those who contributed to his release.”Mkhaitir had made formal statements of repentance on Facebook and TV in the past few weeks. This was the condition that was set for his release after a meeting at the start of July between outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and several religious officials. The new president, former defence minister Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, is to be sworn in on 1 August.Mkhaitir’s release was the outcome of a major international campaign to which RSF, many other NGOs and his lawyers all contributed. RSF co-signed two open letters to President Aziz urging him to end Mkhaitir’s detention.Mainly because of Mkhaitir’s arbitrary detention, Mauritania has fallen 46 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2016 and is ranked 94th out of 180 countries in the 2019 Index. Aside from Tanzania, no other country has fallen so sharply in the same period. March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/29

first_imgRegion 17 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball Region 14 Written by SALINA, Utah-Brinley Cornell amassed 19 points as Kanab routed North Sevier 66-30 Tuesday in Region 18 girls basketball action. Brinley Mason had 10 points in the loss for the Wolves. January 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/29 ENTERPRISE, Utah-Ronnie Robinson stepped up with 14 points as the Enterprise Wolves edged Beaver 43-40 Tuesday in Region 18 girls basketball action. Sydnee Gillins led the Beavers in defeat with 23 points. Brad James FILLMORE, Utah-Megan Wade netted 19 points and the Millard Eagles smacked Gunnison 60-37 in Region 18 girls basketball action Tuesday. Jaida King’s 13 points led the Bulldogs in the loss.center_img ROOSEVELT, Utah-Reid Price netted 19 points and the Union Cougars got past Juab 56-50 Tuesday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Easton Wright’s 15 points led the Wasps in defeat. Girls Basketball Region 18 BICKNELL, Utah-Jordyn Kennedy’s 12 points led the Piute Thunderbirds in a 50-44 win over Wayne in non-region girls basketball action Tuesday. Hannah Morrill had a game-high 15 points for the Badgers in defeat. SANDY, Utah-Jaimeson Meyer’s 9 points and 7 rebounds led the Waterford Ravens, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 61-29 to the Wasatch Academy Tigers in Region 17 girls basketball action Tuesday. Non-Region Tags: Brinley Cornell/Easton Wright/Hannah Morrill/Jaimeson Meyer/Jordyn Kennedy/Megan Wade/Reid Price/Ronnie Robinsonlast_img read more

The Floozies Hold “Funk Court” With Medeski, Skerik, Zoidis & Jesus [Watch]

first_imgThe debut edition of the Bear Creek Bayou Festival took place last weekend, bringing a glorious day of funk to New Orleans music lovers. After hours, fans made their way over to The Republic, for a special “Funk Court” late night hosted by electrofunk duo, The Floozies.New Orleans is one of the world’s music meccas, and brothers Matt and Mark Hill welcomed a number of special guest performers for the show. Keyboard legend John Medeski, sax demon Skerik, and Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and Ryan Zoidis all joined in the party for a packed house celebration. The Flooizes Live Band had the walls shaking and the dance floor packed, as the laser lit spectacle shined from the stage.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the festivities, giving us an unique look into this special collaboration. Enjoy!Here’s the full band closing down the first set with an down and dirty jam:After the set break, The Floozies started things off jamming and slowly reintroduced their guests. Here’s Skerik and Ryan Zoidis joining them for some looping jams that had the crowd raging:We can’t wait to catch these musicians at Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd, with 50+ musicians spanning three venues in the heart of Williamsburg. All four of the live band members from this show, including John Medeski, Jesus Coomes, Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis, are featured players on the BCA lineup! Between the DRKWAV set to some of the funky tributes and jams that are scheduled throughout the day, this is going to be one seriously fun day of music! Check out more information here.last_img read more

Archivist documents life of St. Mary’s alum

first_imgSaint Mary’s students had a unique chance to learn about their school’s history from College archivist John Kovach on Monday. Students gathered in the Student Center Lounge to hear Kovach speak while viewing images of past life at Saint Mary’s College.  Photos of old uniforms and boating events on Lake Marian populated the collection. The panels of pictures, stories and poems in the exhibit centered on the life of a 1916 alumna, Dympna Balbach. During his lecture, Kovach described the life of Balbach through the photographs. “These photos tell a very interesting story about a woman that was always very close to Saint Mary’s,” Kovach said. Balbach attended Saint Mary’s to receive both her high school and college education, majoring in music. She had neither a career nor a husband after graduation. For a consecutive 55 years after her graduation, Balbach attended every year’s class reunion, meeting with up old friends and visiting the campus. Because she came to campus so often, the archives had several photos of Balbach and her friends throughout the years. Three days after the 1972 reunion, Balbach died at Saint Joseph Hospital in South Bend. Her will was discovered and she had left her entire estate, valued at more than $1 million, to Saint Mary’s. Balbach’s contribution was the College’s first donation over $1 million. The stories of other alumnae can also be found in Saint Mary’s archives. One 1877 graduate went on to not only perform in Le Opera, but to also become a very influential opera columnist in a Chicago paper. Another graduate became an independent nurse during World War I, and afterward traveled to Algeria, Kovach said. “I’m continually finding new and interesting things,” Kovach said. This exploration of Saint Mary’s history was made possible by the Student Government Association as part of Heritage Week. Other Heritage Week events include the Riedinger Tea, the Heritage Dinner, a scavenger hunt and S’mores with Sisters.last_img read more

Strike duo a revelation – Bruce

first_img Press Association Paul McShane (ankle) and Robbie Brady (groin) are the only long-term absentees for the Tigers and are unlikely to be seen again this season. Hatem Ben Arfa (knock) and Davide Santon (knee) will be missing from the Newcastle squad. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is backing Cheick Tiote to help fill the void left by Yohan Cabaye after seeing him grow in stature in the wake of the Frenchman’s departure. The Magpies lost their influential playmaker in January when France international Cabaye headed for Paris St Germain in exchange for a cheque for more than B#19million. His exit coincided with a dreadful run of results for Pardew’s men which saw their hopes of securing a top-six Barclays Premier League finish dwindle. However, they bounced back with a vital 1-0 victory over Aston Villa last Saturday, and while Tiote may have played the role of artisan alongside Cabaye’s artistry, his manager believes his leadership qualities are coming to the fore. Pardew said: “He is an important player to us, and the captaincy when Colo (Fabricio Coloccini) was out changed him a little bit. “He knows now that in my mind, he is our vice-captain and he has to play the role that that involves. “It’s a big club, so he has a lot of responsibility and he’s dealing with it very well. In fact, it’s spurred him on.” At the KC Stadium the Magpies will attempt to gain revenge for the 3-2 home defeat they suffered at the hands of the Tigers in September. However, Pardew is well aware of how difficult a task that could be with Bruce’s promoted side sitting in 11th place on 30 points and with their destiny in their own hands. The 52-year-old said: “With my League Managers’ Association hat on, I have to say that Steve Bruce, up until this point, is probably manager of the year, although he’s got another 11 games to see that over the line. “But what he did last year with 10 games to go to get them promoted, and to get them into the position they have been in is a fantastic achievement, and he and his staff can be very proud of what they have done.” Hull manager Steve Bruce believes the club are a “different animal” since the arrival of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. The Tigers splashed a combined £14million to bring the strikers in from Everton and West Brom in January and have been rewarded with immediate results. The pair have forged an instant relationship up front and have shared five goals in the five games they have started in tandem. Both players were cup-tied for Monday night’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Brighton but will return for Newcastle’s visit to the KC Stadium on Saturday. Hull were 3-2 winners at St James’ Park in the reverse fixture in September, but that was the only occasion they scored more than one goal in their first 12 league outings. They thrashed Cardiff 4-0 last time out, Jelavic scoring twice and Long proving an ideal foil, and Bruce is enthused by his side’s new cutting edge. “I’d love to say it’s all in the training but they’re two very good players playing together,” he said. “There’s a lot said about coaching but a good player is a good player and in management the more of them you’ve got the easier it becomes. “They came in at just the right time and all of a sudden we’re a different animal up front. “That’s no disrespect to what we had before but at the end of the day they’re two £6million players and you’d expect that. We’re delighted we’ve got them and I think they’re a terrific partnership. “That’s what you invest in, they give you that little something you’d didn’t have before.” last_img read more

PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL LADIES AFTER HEARTBREAKING EXTRA-TIME DEFEAT TO KERRY

first_imgDONEGAL LADIES came within a whisker of causing a massive upset in the All-Ireland Qualifiers today, Kerry needing extra time and some luck to put the Tir Chonaill girls out.First half goals from Geraldine McLaughlin and Emma McGrory had given Donegal a sensational one point lead at the break, 2-04 to 0-09.Donegal added five more points in the second half, but Kerry hit six – leaving the sides all square at the final whistle 2-09 to 0-15. Katie Herron was in sensational form for Donegal, hitting a number of superb points from play.Kerry nipped back into the lead at the start of the first period of extra time but Donegal squared it again from a free after Geraldine McLaughlin was flattened in a poor challenge and Geraldine converted from the free.McLaughlin then worked a goal chance for Orla Carr but the Kerry keeper somehow kept out the effort.Donegal then wasted good possession and Kerry then registered three unanswered points to lead 0-19 to 2-10. Louise Galvin then hammered home a goal to stretch Kerry’s lead to six points; and it was so undeserved, Donegal had been the better side for much of the first period of extra time.McLaughlin broke free to score a point to reduce the deficit to 1-19 to 2-11 but Kerry pulled ahead again and won out in extra-time 1-22 to 2-14.But Donegal Ladies – and their coach Davy McLaughlin – can hold their heads high after being written off by all the pundits before this game.With that sort of performance, Donegal’s Senior Ladies can push on from this and come back even stronger next season. PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL LADIES AFTER HEARTBREAKING EXTRA-TIME DEFEAT TO KERRY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKerryLadies GFAlast_img read more

Wilmington College’s 7th Food Symposium to highlight sugar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sugar will be viewed from many perspectives — history, business ethics, health and nutrition, social justice and, yes, tasting it — when Wilmington College presents its seventh annual Food Symposium March 30.Devised using the theme “Sugar Rushed,” the program will feature a combination of film, food, fun and informed opinions on one of nature’s sweetest and, in recent years, most controversial products.The day will open in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre with a screening of Michele Hozer’s Canadian documentary film, Sugar-Coated, from 10 to 11:40 a.m., followed by a food expo in which agriculture professor Tom Stilwell’s World Foods class will share dishes made from a variety of sugar crops from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.Again this year, the symposium will have a student focus in both planning and presentation, as an interdisciplinary student research panel will present its finidings on all things sugar: history, marketing, nutrition, etc., from 1 to 2 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center. Also, a sugar cube sculpture competition will be featured in which contestants can create sculptures out of sugar cubes, using no more than three ingredients: sugar cubes, glue and a coloring of choice.On the heels of past competitions featuring pies, cakes and cookies, this year’s contest, which is open to both the campus and community, will highlight candy-making.Categories include: dipped/covered (such as buckeyes and truffles), pulled/hard/gummies (taffy, rock candy), brittles/barks/toffee bars, diabetic friendly, caramels/fudge/pralines and novelty (specially design such as candies for holidays). Each entry must include a list of ingredients as a precaution for persons allergic to various nuts or other ingredients. The registration form can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPYLJVThe audience will be able to sample contest entries from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the McCoy Room. The symposium will culminate with a panel highlighting “Sugar and Wellness” featuring professionals speaking on nutrition, diabetes, activity and low-sugar cooking, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room.last_img read more

Passivhaus on Spec in Boston

first_imgA step-by-step progress reportThe company has created a construction blog that walks visitors through the process, beginning last September when the building site was an overgrown lot through February when builders were working down their punch list.There are 21 entries in all, at least so far, and although you’ll only get a single photo and a little text at each one, you can see major steps along the way.Some of the technical highlights:A shallow frost-protected slab insulated with 8 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) for an R-value of 32. The sides of the footings are insulated with 4 inches of EPS (R-16).Above-grade walls are balloon-framed on the outside, 24 inches on center, with a second framed wall inside of that carrying floor joists for the second story. The walls are connected with gusset plates and spanned by window wells. Exterior walls are insulated with 17 inches of blown-in cellulose (R-59).The truss-framed roof is insulated with 2 feet or more of cellulose for an R-value of 84.Windows are triple-glazed Schuco units with a U-factor of 0.176 and a solar-heat gain coefficient of 0.50.Domestic hot water is provided by a Kingspan FPW30 solar thermal system with a 119-gallon tank.Space heating and cooling are provided by a pair of Mitsubishi Mr. Slim ductless minisplits, each with a capacity of 9,000 BTU/h. A Zehnder Comfoair 350 heat-recovery ventilator provides fresh air.Airtightness was measured at 0.33 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. Placetailor used Siga Wigluv tape to seal the sheathing seams and Siga Corvum tapes to reduce air leakage around the window frames.You’ll find many more details at the Rocksberry website, including descriptions of interior finishes and exterior cladding.One neat trick involved the exterior rainscreen. Siding on much of the house runs vertically, so Placetailor looked for rainscreen furring that would allow air to circulate freely (solid material run horizontally would block the flow of air). They settled on a twin-wall PVC product manufactured by Coroplast they could get through a local supplier. The Boston design-build group Placetailor is wrapping up work on a single-family house in the city’s Roxbury district that was built on spec to the Passivhaus standard. The has was sold even before work was completed.The two-story house at 55 Marcella Street has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a total of 1,450 square feet of conditioned space. It’s right around the corner, literally, from a high-performance four-unit townhouse on Highland Street that was completed last year. Placetailor also had a hand in that one.Placetailor strategic director Declan Keefe said the house on Marcella recently sold for $572,500. The house went on the market during rough framing and was under contract before Placetailor had finished plastering the interior.The buyers apparently don’t care whether their new house is officially certified as a Passivhaus, and Keefe says Placetailor is still discussing whether to pursue official certification on its own. The house, which Placetailor calls the “Rocksberry Passive House,” was built on an infill lot right across the street from a small city park and not far from public transportation and bike paths. The price is rightThe property was snapped up quickly, although Keefe says the eventual buyers weren’t shopping specifically for a Passivhaus building. In fact, they hadn’t been aware of the Passivhaus standard.Whether the economy is picking up steam, new single-family homes in the neighborhood are rare, or high-performance homes are more attractive than conventional housing, the Rocksberry House apparently went for an above-average price.Keefe said the house sold for $325 per square foot in an area where anything above $300 per square foot is uncommon. Even the high-performance “E+” units around the corner sold for $269 per square foot.Placetailor already has two additional Passivhaus projects in the works, including a two-family condo, also to be built on spec, and a three-family Passivhaus rental that will be built to another firm’s design.last_img read more

Making Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mph

first_imgSee how director James Mangold relied on tried-and-true methods for shooting scenes at high speed—and invented a few techniques of his own.Ford v Ferrari sped past the competition at the box office last weekend, taking in $31 million. The mid-budget car drama set in the ’60s spent a decade coming to the big screen, and it was important to director James Mangold to make the racing scenes authentic.The filmmakers used four different race tracks to recreate the Le Mans track, and they used VFX to smooth over continuity issues like weather and time of day.One thing they didn’t fake was actors in the drivers’ seats. The crew used a variety of camera cars and other rigs to capture the heat of the race. We’ve already covered the vintage lenses used in the production, but let’s take a deeper look at the high-speed rigging.Process TrailersThe first tools Mangold and his team used were process trailers. Trucks tow these low-profile trailers bearing “picture cars” with cameras and lights situated around the actor. If you’re just working on a normal driving scene, you can use a standard truck to tow the car at low speeds. Because Ford v Ferrari is a racing film, however, the filmmakers used a specialized truck capable of hauling the trailer at high speeds.These work best if you’re shooting backward, showing the actor’s face and the track behind them, because the driver of the truck needs an uninhibited view of the track to drive.The behind-the-scenes for Ford v Ferrari show the filmmakers using a process trailer for both the Shelby Cobra and the Ford GT. The filmmakers used $100,000 replicas, which would have been expensive to damage or drill into, but they were much cheaper than $25 million for an authentic GT40 or Cobra.Hostess TraysHostess trays allow you to rig a camera to a car or process trailer for a side-on view of the driver. It’s a horizontal surface, usually covered in mounting points for a camera or lights, level with the window. Suction caps usually attach the tray at multiple points. Depending on the weight the tray will need to bear and how much movement it will endure, filmmakers sometimes use up to ten, each connected to the tray with a 15mm rod.Specialty VehiclesEven with a supercharged truck towing the process trailer, the filmmakers couldn’t get the 100+ mph speeds of real racing (the 1966 GT40 was capable of 210 mph on the straightaways). They also couldn’t record through the windshield.To solve this problem, they created a novel solution — a half car/half trailer. The GT40 replica housed a modern engine and a control pod on the roof. Not only was it capable of high speeds while carrying up to four cameras, but Christian Bale could sit in the “driver’s seat” and communicate with the director via radio while another operator drove him around the racetrack. The crew dubbed the vehicle the “Frankenstein car.”One Mile at a TimeJames Mangold and his crew recreated a bygone era and created a new kind of racing film by inventing gadgets and shooting practically at every opportunity. They only used CGI to hide wires and make the track seem more authentic. Because sometimes, there is no substitute for real speed.Cover image via Twentieth Century Fox.Want more on filmmaking? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountBuilding Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider EditionMeet the Pocket-Sized, Versatile Aputure MC Film LightGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible PlacesWhat “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing Styleslast_img read more