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The government shuts down blog in climate of growing religious intolerance

first_imgNews November 23, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The government shuts down blog in climate of growing religious intolerance RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Follow the news on Maldives RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure on 19 November of the blog run by Ismail Khilath “Hilath” Rasheed (www.hilath.com) by the Communications Authority of Maldives on the orders of the Islamic affairs ministry, on the grounds that it contained anti-Islamic material.”The increase in acts of religious intolerance is a threat to the Maldives’ young democracy”, the press freedom organization said. “Incidents involving media workers are rare but that is only because most of them prefer to censor themselves and stay away from subjects relating to Islam, unlike Ismail Khilath Rasheed.””We request the immediate reopening of his blog. The government should not give in to the fanatical minority but must do all it can to ensure the media are free to tackle any subjects they choose. The Religious Unity Act should be changed to allow this.” Help by sharing this information July 15, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Cached pages of Rasheed’s blog can still be accessed via Google. Screen shots of the cached pages and some articles are available below. Newscenter_img Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers to go further Receive email alerts Related documents Article published on November 1st, 2011PDF – 69.92 KBArticle published on May 15th, 2010PDF – 108.4 KB News Organisation MaldivesAsia – Pacific Rasheed received anonymous death threats via the Internet in March last year.There are harsh penalties for blasphemy under Maldivian law and in September the government toughened the 1994 Religious Unity Act. The law bans the media from circulating any material that “humiliates Allah, his prophets, the Koran, the Sunnah or the Islamic faith”. The publication of material about beliefs other than Sunni Islam, the state religion, is punishable by between two and five years’ imprisonment.The Maldives is ranked 52nd out of 178 countries in the world press freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Border in 2010. According to Rasheed, the Islamic affairs ministry had his blog in its sights because he is a Sufi Muslim, not a Sunni like most Maldivians, and has always been highly critical of religious fundamentalism. He said his blog, the first to be shut down since January 2009, is just the fist victim of an impending crackdown by the conservative fringe in charge of the Islamic affairs ministry. The blogger intends to bring his case to court, since a website shut by the government can only be reopened by a court order. April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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Green shoots sprout for Máire’s organic business

first_imgMáire GriffinTHE Covid lockdown hasn’t stopped an Abbeyfeale woman from seeing green shoots emerge as she builds her organic business.Máire Griffin launched OrganiGo in late 2020, creating a range of freshly prepared and ready to eat organic vegetables produced in County Limerick.The products are prepared by Máire and her team at her purpose-built food production facility in Abbeyfeale.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Reared on her family’s dairy farm just outside Ballybunion, Máire always had an interest in organic food and graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc degree in Food Science and Health as well as undertaking a Masters in Food Law.She decided to set up OrganiGo after spotting there was no “easy to go” healthy vegetable snacks available in the market here in Ireland and although the kitting out of her facility was delayed earlier this year due to the first lockdown, she is now up and running.All of the vegetables are supplied by certified organic farms, the vegetables are then washed, spiralised into noodles rinsed again and dried before being packaged into biodegradable packaging and chilled down to four degrees before sale.OrganiGo’s range of vegetable noodles are now available in health food shops and various Supervalu Stores in Munster.The range which currently includes courgette, beetroot and butternut squash noodles are all packaged in fully compostable packaging and there are plans to expand the range in the next few months.She is passionate about the reduction of her carbon footprint and hopes to have zero waste to landfill within the next three years. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin BusinessNewsGreen shoots sprout for Máire’s organic businessBy Bernie English – February 12, 2021 112 center_img Advertisement Email Print Previous articleNew scheme to help hard-hit Limerick tourism operatorsNext articleThousands of jobs could go the way of the Dodo Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more

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9 Amazing Deals on Outdoor Gear for Cyber Monday 2016

first_imgAccording to Adobe Digital Insights, shoppers are expected to spend $3.36 billion today, making it the biggest online shopping day in history. If you opted out of the Black Friday madness in favor of a little slice of outdoor heaven, you can still take part in some of the best deals of the year from the comfort of the your home, office, or Wifi-equipped adventure rig. Check out this list for 9 of the best Cyber Monday deals and steals from around the interwebs.—1. Waterproof, wireless headphones come in handy for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. Whether you need them for trail running, snowboarding or hiking, today is the day to pull the trigger on this essential product. DiscountDigger.com is offering a pair of Treblab XR500 Bluetooth Headphones (originally $179.99) for just $39.99.61ftf2_hhul-_sl1176__22. The Gerber Air Ranger folding knife is one of those items you won’t head out into the field without once you’ve got it in your possession. Pick one up today over at Cabellas.com for the insane price of $14.99. That’s $65 off the suggested MSRP of $79.99.download3. Need a bike, ski, or snowboard rack? REI is offering 20 percent off all Yakima Products!screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-23-41-am4. Eddie Bauer is making some of the finest outdoor apparel around these days. If you haven’t tested their products yet, today is the day to make it happen. They’re offering 50 percent off you’re entire purchase at EddieBauer.comd0883733_182c15. Lightweight two person tents have come a long way, and no company is pushing the technology quite like Big Agnes. Today, at theclymb.com, you can pick up their Bitter Springs 2 Person Ultra Light tent for 299.95—$100 off the original price of $399.95.big01330_9057416. In the market for some new eyewear? Snag a pair of Costa Tern Sunglasses with Polarized 580P Lenses for half price at SierraTradingPost.comcosta-tern-sunglasses-polarized-580p-lenses-in-retro-tortoise-copper-p-108rr_06-1500-27. Patagonia makes some of the best waders in the fly fishing game, and the Rio Azul Chest Waders are a great choice for adventurous anglers heading to far-flung destinations. Get them for 50 percent off today only at SierraTradingPost.com82186_lbog8. Cyber Monday is the perfect day to re-up your dwindling inventory of climbing gear. Get 20 percent off all items at cypherclimbing.com and 40 percent off all apparel plus 20 percent off all climbing shoes at fiveten.com!screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-12-14-29-pm9. Here’s a screaming deal for those of you in the market for a fat bike. Get 63 percent off the Framed Minnesota 1.0 Fat Bike at the-house.com. That’s an instant savings of $1,000.framed-mn-10-blkred-15Related:last_img read more

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Golden State Warriors display All-Star talent vs. Wizards

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. –- Are the Warriors playing at their best?The numbers at least say so. The Warriors finished with a 126-118 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday with little sign that this run of dominance will end anytime soon.The Warriors (34-14) cemented a season-high ninth consecutive win against a Wizards team (20-27) that has missed star point guard John Wall because of season-ending surgery on his left heel. The Warriors also recorded 34 assists, marking the fifth …last_img read more

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Sanral’s multibillion traffic plan

first_imgSanral’s ambitious freeway upgrade programme will help to ease congestion on Gauteng’s busy roads. (Image: Gauteng Provincial Government)Janine ErasmusFrustrated Gauteng drivers can look forward to new developments that will ease peak-hour traffic, which over the past 10 years has increased to three hours in the morning and evening respectively. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has put forward the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, which will see freeways opened up to at least four lanes and in some cases, six in each direction. Other measures include improved interchange access, better lighting, traffic management strategies such as high occupancy lanes, intelligent transport management systems including live cameras and electronic signs that supply up-to-date information, and electronic toll collection.The portion of the N1 national highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria carries 180 000 vehicles every day and is just a small section of the 16 150km of major national roads overseen by Sanral. This well-travelled stretch is included in the 500km of freeways to be serviced by the freeway improvement project, which Sanral developed in association with the metropolitan areas of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, and provincial and national government.The resulting network of interconnected inner and outer ring roads around Gauteng, including a direct road link to Soweto, will optimise the movement of private and freight vehicles as well as road-based public transport.A feasibility study has established the project can be financed through a toll system. This, says Sanral, is a fair method of payment for a service that is used. However, the participation of the public will be required before toll collection points can be implemented. Tolls will be collected electronically, ruling out the need for construction of toll plazas and allowing motorists to travel unhindered.The bulk of the project is due for completion in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, according to Sanral, and there will be a break in work during the tournament so travellers won’t be inconvenienced. Final completion is planned for October 2010, with toll operations due to start that same month.Phase one, worth R11.5-billion ($1.4-billion) across seven contracts, will cover 125.5km of roads. Construction is already underway and is expected to take about 2.5 years. It involves boosting the capacity of existing freeways and new roads where necessary, while upgrades for the other sections are currently on the design board and are expected to go out to tender in the next few months. Environmental impact assessment studies are also in progress.More capacity for SA’s powerhouseGauteng is South Africa’s smallest province, but it is the economic and business hub of the country. According to the Gauteng Economic Development Agency, the province contributes 10% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the African continent and a third of South Africa’s entire GDP. Gauteng is also known as Africa’s financial services capital, with over 70 foreign banks establishing their regional head offices in the province.Statistics South Africa, in its 2001 population census, determined that 8.8-million people live in Gauteng – this is about 20% of the total South African population. Gauteng is also the fastest growing province in the country with a population growth of 20% between the 1996 and 2001 censuses.With such expansion, Gauteng’s roads infrastructure has failed to keep pace and traffic load is now more than what freeways can handle.There have been many motivations for the new road and traffic plan. Due to lingering peak-hour traffic, drivers now have to take extra road time into account, frustrating commuters and cutting into private time, says Sanral.Congestion also pushes up travel costs in terms of fuel consumption and wear and tear – another blow for motorists already hard-pressed because of rising fuel prices.Excessive road congestion affects productivity, adds Sanral, as hours are wasted sitting in traffic. It also says that insufficient capacity on Gauteng’s roads is a deterrent to development, forcing businesses to relocate or scale down. The agency also says increased gas emissions from overloaded freeways are a major environmental concern.Sanral says the scheme will benefit not only private and commercial drivers but also those using public transport through the implementation of high occupancy lanes, which will be integrated with bus rapid transport systems, taxi, bus and train routes. Plans also include transport hubs for public transport facilities.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Useful linksSouth African National Roads Agencyi-traffic information projectStatistics South Africa 2001 census informationGauteng provincial governmentlast_img read more

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Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela

first_img27 June 2011 All pupils from Mvezo village, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, leave home after completing grade seven – usually at the age of 12. Because there is no secondary school in the area, they have to travel as far as Mthatha, least 80km away, to continue their education. But that’s about to change. Mvezo will soon have its own high school, a state-of-the-art specialised public institution that’s to become the pride of the nation and reflect the legacy of the Mandela family. Members of the rural, sparsely populated village turned out in numbers on 17 June 2011 to witness the sod-turning ceremony at the spot where the secondary school will be built. In honour of South Africa’s most famous doyen of freedom, the first high school in Mvezo will be named the Mandela School of Science and Technology. The school is the brainchild of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, who became chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in 2007. Since his appointment, Mandla has travelled extensively with colleagues from the Mvezo Development Trust to raise funds for the project. “The community identified a need for a high school because we didn’t have one. We then formulated a fund-raising initiative,” said the young Mandela, who’s also a member of Parliament. The Mandela school will be able to accommodate up to 700 pupils. Mvezo children will be prioritised, but places will also be open to pupils from across the Eastern Cape and the rest of the country. The high school will be built on the site which currently accommodates Inkwenkwezi, one of two primary schools in Mvezo. Once transformed, the hi-tech science and technology institute will boast a top-class boarding school and sophisticated facilities ranging from sports pitches to laboratories and tailor-made lecture rooms. The rondavel, which was the original Inkwenkwezi teaching facility, will not be destroyed “to preserve it as a memory of where we come from”, said Mandla. Inkwenkwezi was built by community members in 1995. The government only introduced makeshift classrooms at the school in 2006.Siemens on board Siemens will provide funds for the construction of the Mandela high school, promising to equip it with some of the most advanced technology. There are plans to include a sophisticated solar-energy generation scheme at the school so that it’s independent from the Eskom power grid. The extent of Siemens’ financial contribution has not yet been revealed, with the group saying that the completion of the project remains the most critical aspect. “It’s not important how much it will cost. “It’s important that we finish the project. It will happen; this is the commitment from Siemens,” said Peter Loescher, the company’s CEO. It isn’t clear when construction will start, but Loescher said his team were ready and that design plans had been finalised. The Mvezo Development Trust had already raised R3.2-million (US$470 000) with the help of the KwaZulu-Natal-based Thanda Foundation before Siemens came on board. The funds were accumulated in Sweden.Lessons to be learnt Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said only the best educators would be selected for the Mandela school. With a 58% matric pass achieved in 2010, the Eastern Cape’s public education sector is mostly affected by poor infrastructure, not the quality of teachers – according to Motshekga. “Backlogs in school infrastructure are daunting,” she said. “The initiative of our people (in building the Mandela school) is very encouraging.” Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology, believes the institution could provide lessons for the character of specialised schools that could emerge in the country in future. He promised that his department would provide any expertise required by the new institute. A well-developed school in an underprivileged village such as Mvezo is necessary to help bridge the gap between livelihood standards of rural and urban dwellers, said Mandla. He challenged traditional leaders to improve development in rural areas. “Traditional leaders need to play a role to ensure that we better the lives of our people,” he added.Problems of boarding Boarding at a public school 80km or more away from home has its own problems for Mvezo’s teenagers. Mvezo’s Mjikelelo Mabhoza, 24, is unhappy with the situation. He’s in favour of high schools being located within the village, as is the case in most other areas. Studying in far-flung high schools compounds social problems for Mvezo’s youngsters. “There are no parents there,” Mabhoza pointed out. “Our peers are drawn to drugs and others fall pregnant.” Mabhoza matriculated at a high school in Mthatha and went on to enrol at a college in Welkom, a town in the Free State province. He’s graduating with a travel and tourism diploma in July and is hoping to land a job soon. “The new school will be a huge improvement for Mvezo. We’re struggling here,” he said. The excitement about the Mandela School of Science of Technology is shared by all community members. “We say never and never again shall the children of this area be deprived of their constitutional right to education,” said Gqirha Madasa from the Mvezo Development Trust. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Walk Cycle Tutorials and Inspiration in After Effects

first_imgFree Resource for Walk CyclesDuik is a free tool designed to help animators with rigging in After Effects. The tool is capable of creating Inverse Kinematics which are essential for creating joints. There is also a great auto-rig feature that automatically rigs your character and makes null objects so you can control them. Duik is a must-have for any After Effects user. Just click the link below and you will be directed to the Duik website.DOWNLOAD FREE RIGGING RESOURCEAlso, while your mind is on motion graphics, be sure to check out our pals over at RocketStock. They are quickly becoming THE source online for After Effects and Video Editing tutorials and freebies.Have any tips for creating walk cycles in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Take a leisurely stroll through this series of awesome walk cycle tutorials for After Effects.There are very few techniques as fundamental to the art of animation than the walk cycle. Mastering a walk cycle takes time and research. By studying reference film and other animations, you can get walk cycles down in no time.What is a Walk Cycle?In a nutshell, a walk cycle is a series of frames in which a character takes two steps (left, right, back to left). A good walk cycle will not only look convincing, it will also give some insight into who the character is.The following video created by Alan Becker offers a great explanation of what a walk cycle is and how it can be used to tell your story better. Most notably, the tutorial covers the importance of using a four key walk cycle rather than two.If you like this tutorial, I recommend checking out Alan Becker’s Run Cycles tutorial as well.Walk Cycle in After Effects Tutorials1. Walk-Cycles in After EffectsCreated By: School of MotionWhen it comes to tutorials, there’s really nobody better suited to teach After Effects than Joey Korenman from School of Motion. In this video tutorial created for 30 Days of After Effects, Joey shows us how to create an animated walk cycle using a 2D style of animation.The tutorial covers literally everything you will need to know to create realistic walk cycles. The video also shows us how to correctly rig a character using null objects and sliders. While it may seem time consuming at first, it will be much easier to move in the future after only a little practice.2. Character Animation Fundamentals for After EffectsCreated By: PremiumBeatIn this video tutorial created for us (PremiumBeat) by Mikey Borup, we take a look at how to create a basic animated walk cycle in After Effects. Unlike the other tutorials in this post, this technique uses the pin tool instead of null objects to animate the character.3. Keyframing a Walk Cycle in After EffectsCreated By: Phil FXIn this tutorial by Phil from Phil FX, we take a look at how to make a more simple walk cycle in After Effects. The tutorial shows us how to separate each element in Photoshop and notes a few resources for timing walk cycles.4. After Effects Character Rigging + Walk CycleCreated By: Kyle GriffinIn this tutorial by Kyle Griffin we’ll take a look at how to rig a walk cycle using the free Duik script. The script essentially automatically rigs your character so all you have to do is correctly label your layers.5. Animate Walk Cycle Head MoveCreated By: Lee Daniels ArtThis video tutorial by LeeDanielsART focuses on the head movement in a walk cycle. While most video tutorials focus on the leg movements, this tutorial focuses on the momentum of the head in After Effects.last_img read more

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19yearold Oceanside man jailed for triplefatal crash

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 19-year-old Oceanside man jailed for triple-fatal crash VISTA (KUSI) – A 19-year-old Oceanside man was behind bars today for allegedly plowing a pickup truck broadside into a passenger-packed car at an intersection near Buccaneer Beach while intoxicated, killing a 74-year-old woman and her two adult daughters and injuring three of their other relatives.Mason Robert Fish was heading south on South Coast Highway shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday when he allegedly ran a red light at Oceanside Boulevard, crashing his 2007 Toyota Tacoma into the driver’s side of an eastbound 2003 Mazda sedan, according to police.The broadside impact sent the sedan spinning “violently” across the road crossing and ejected two of the four backseat passengers, 40-year-old Petra Arango of Oceanside and her 13-year-old daughter, onto the pavement, Sgt. Rick Davis said.Arango’s mother, Rufina Arango Rodriguez of Oceanside, and 56-year-old sister, Eloina Arango of Mexico, died in the mangled car.Medics took the teenager, whose name was not released, and Arango to hospitals. Physicians pronounced Petra Arango dead about an hour after the crash.The two men in the front seats of the Mazda — 82-year-old Aquilino Arango Ojeda of Fallbrook and 43-year-old Rey David Velasco Herrera of Oceanside — wound up trapped in the wreckage. After firefighters freed them, they were taken to trauma centers for treatment of moderately serious injuries.Fish, who was uninjured, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Davis declined to specify what kind of drug Fish allegedly had in his system at the time of the deadly crash.The suspect was booked into county jail in Vista on three counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI resulting in bodily injury, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of an undisclosed type of controlled substance.He was being held in lieu of $602,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday.As of this afternoon, Aquilino Arango — the teen-ager’s grandfather and Rufina Arango’s husband — had been released from medical care, as had his granddaughter. Herrera, who was believed to be the girl’s father, remained hospitalized.It appeared that none of the family members were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, Davis said. February 6, 2019 Updated: 5:37 PMcenter_img Posted: February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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South Mississippi Leaders Highlight Need to Preserve Area Bases

first_imgA group of South Mississippi leaders has started making the case for the area’s military installations, ahead of a possible BRAC round.During a meeting last week of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Harrison County Military Team highlighted the importance of installations in the region, including Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Trent Lott Training Complex in Gulfport and Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg.The group’s Mike Peterson stressed the value of having bases with diverse facilities and training opportunities located in close proximity, reported the Sun Herald.“It’s a fantastic joint training opportunity,” Peterson said, “and you don’t have to bring everything with you. Think of it as a complex where you can get all your training done.”He also urged the region to improve the installations’ military value. One critical need is moving the gate at Keesler because it does not meet Air Force security requirements.“We’ve got some work to do,” Peterson told the chamber. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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