News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsDisappearances November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information On the third anniversary of the disappearance of two Tunisian TV journalists in neighbouring Libya, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call to the Tunisian authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the circumstances of their disappearance. to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsDisappearances News Three years have passed since Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Guetari went missing in Libya on 8 September 2014. The Tunisian authorities have made promises about the case in the past, but few of them have been kept. On the second anniversary,RSF and eight other Tunisian and international NGOs issued a joint appeal to the government to keep the promise it made on the first anniversary to create a mixed commission to shed light on their disappearance and assuage the suffering of their families. This commission has still not been formed. Seven weeks ago, on 21 July, the Libyan TV channel 218 reported new information suggesting that Chourabi and Guetari might still be alive. But the Tunisian authorities took no action in response to the report. RSF takes this occasion to remind the Tunisian government of its obligations at the national and international level to protect journalists and to ensure respect for media freedom. Tunisia is ranked 97th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. September 8, 2017 On anniversary, Tunisia urged to shed light on journalists missing in Libya News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation November 12, 2019 Find out more
Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway Related Shows The Great White Way is about to turn tickled pink! Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth starts performances in her sensational solo show My Love Letter to Broadway beginning on November 2 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The pint-sized diva’s limited engagement will run through November 13; shortly after, Cheno is set to star as Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! on December 7.In Love Letter, Chenoweth will perform a handpicked selection of musical theater favorites, including songs from her most recent release, The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics. The concert is billed as, “an intimate evening of romance, glamour and laughter.”Chenoweth won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received nods for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked and for On the Twentieth Century. Other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing.Get a sneak peek On the Scene below! P.S. The Hairspray Live! cast has a very special message for Cheno. Take a look at the adorable well-wish below!The #HairsprayLive cast has a special message for you, @KChenoweth! Break a leg tonight.pic.twitter.com/iWwxtilJ0b— Hairspray Live! (@HairsprayLive) November 2, 2016 Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 13, 2016 View Comments Kristin Chenoweth(Photo: Gian Di Stefano) Kristin Chenoweth
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even though many of the soybeans across Ohio have been harvested and progress continues on the corn, the later the harvest season gets the more stalk quality is becoming an issue. Brodbeck Seeds Regional Agronomist Terry Jones visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how to assess corn fields to put together a plan of attack for the remainder of the 2017 corn harvest.
Find lush wadis, strikingly beautiful mountains, medieval cities, bustling souks and of course deserts in this less-known destination.Day 1: Arrive at Muscat and check into the Radisson Blu Hotel (Al Ghubrah; www.radissonblu.com), which has a brilliant view of the mountains. Take a cab to the Qurm (pronounced Kur-rum) beach, a 10-minute drive from your hotel. The best way to get around in Muscat is to cab it. There are no meters, and it is advisable to bargain. Most Omanis speak good Hindi, are warm to Indians, and mostly quote fair prices, so you don’t have to worry about getting fleeced! The road to the beach is dotted with many open-air cafes, giving it a Mediterranean feel. Choose from Italian, Portugese and Continental fare, or just head to Starbucks for some alone-time with your book. Watch the sunset on this pristine, pale sand beach which is a popular with families. Round off the day by picking up chocolate covered dates and handicrafts at the Shatti-al Qurm, a shopping centre near the beach. Day 2: Take a day drip to Nizwa–a two-hour drive from Muscat. This quaint little town, which was once the capital, is at the base of the Hajar mountains. Walk around the souk (market) and visit the majestic forts which were built in the 17th century to guard the trade routes from the coast to the interior. Start early from Muscat, so you are left with enough time to visit Jebel Akhder–a green mountain village famous for its terraced gardens of roses and pomegranates, and Jebel Shams, which is Oman’s Grand Canyon.Day 3: Leave early in the morning and head to the National Museum at Ruwi, where you can check out valuable collections of Omani heritage like dated silver and copper crafts, and a letter from the Prophet Mohammad inviting the rulers of Oman to embrace Islam, among other treasures. Next, walk to the Ruwi market nearby which has numerous Omani restaurants that serve delicious rice and meat preparations. Take the road to Muttrah, and stop at the Bait Al Baranda Museum, which is just off the Muttrah Corniche. Housed in an old villa, this museum traces the journey of Oman from the pre-historic times, and also doubles as an exhibition space at times. Walk along the Corniche, a seaside promenade where ships anchor. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the king’s ship! The famous Muttrah Souq is along this road. Be prepared to be stunned by this labyrinth of tiny shops selling khanjars, silver jewellery, handicrafts, old coins, and frankincense among other souvenirs. You can spend hours bargaining and walking around this market. Later in the night, head to the Club Safari at The Grand Hyatt Muscat for some live music.Day 4: Watch out for a little diversion on the road between Muscat and Sur, which leads to the Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands. These dunes are home to the tribe Bedu–who specialise in raising camels, and is also a popular spot for camel racing. Contact the Ministry for Camel Affairs (tel: +96 82689 3204) for exact dates. These dunes are also a popular spot for sand driving, and there are a lot of tours that provide these rides for a slightly steep charge. Wahiba is also an excellent place to interact with Omani women, since they are more social here–dressed in colourful abeyas, they often rescue drivers whose cars get stuck in sands.Day 5: Feeling a little adventurous? Wake up early and head to the scenic Qantab beach (an hour away from Radisson Blu Muscat) for water sports, and a boat ride that takes you around the rocky caves in the sea. This beach is less commercial, and there is only one tiny cafe that serves soft drinks. Stop for lunch at Bin Atique at Sultan Qaboos Road, for some reasonably priced authentic Omani fare. Make sure you try Ma Owl, a preparation garnished with dried shark. Take the road towards Seeb, and stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque–which is the largest mosque in Oman. Ensure your head is covered, else you will not be allowed to enter. Made of sandstone, the mosque is known for its ornate interiors. The prayer hall boasts the second largest carpet and chandelier in the world. After indulging your spiritual side, head to the City Centre Mall at Seeb for some retail therapy. The biggest mall in Oman is open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Must knowGetting there: There are direct Oman Air flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Muscat. Fare: Rs. 10,000-14,000 approx. Download visa application form from http://oman.visahq.com. Currency: The Omani Riyal is about Rs. 115.Must do: Explore the wadis and terraces of Jebel Akhdar, about 330 km from Muscat. Food tip: Vegetarians may have a big problem. Try out desi fare at Mumtaz Mahal, an excellent Indian restaurant overlooking the Qurm National Park. Traveller tip: Dress conservatively. Cover your head when entering mosques.advertisementadvertisement
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020by Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Chicago Park District board has approved a deal to move Chicago Fire’s home games to Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) franchise, in time for the 2020 MLS season, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The move follows an agreement between the MLS outfit and the Village of Bridgeview, which saw the club pay a US$60.5 million release fee to leave the district’s SeatGeek Stadium, with the club expected to sign a three-year lease at Soldier Field, including an option to extend by a further eight years.Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League NWSL) outfit, will continue to play their home fixtures in Bridgeview.
German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has added a new 15,000 TEU containership Afif to its fleet, strengthening its presence in South Korea.The company informed that the 150,800 gross ton vessel “was delivered in perfect condition to Hapag-Lloyd and is already making its way to Pusan.”Featuring a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters, the new ultra large containers vessel (ULCVs) is the first ship of this class painted in Hapag-Lloyd colors and design, according to the company.By merging with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its position as the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Its 230 vessels sailing across the world have a total transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU. The average capacity of the ships is thereby growing by roughly 1,000 TEU, from 5,860 to 6,839 TEU.With the merger, Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet was strengthened with 15,000 TEU+ ships. Before the move, the largest ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet were the ten Hamburg Express-class vessels, each with capacities of around 13,200 TEU.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd
In response to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR into the influence of the drug industry on Medicaid, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey made changes to the state’s Medicaid program Friday, including adding new transparency rules and kicking a doctor off a state committee.Ducey, a Republican, told Dr. Mohamed Ramadan, who accepted more than $700,000 in perks and payments from drugmakers over four and a half years, to step down as a volunteer member of the committee that helps the state decide which drugs should be preferred for Medicaid patients, the Arizona Republic first reported.The Republican governor will also ask law enforcement officials to investigate Ramadan because the doctor appeared to violate the state’s existing conflict of interest statutes, according to Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.”The governor was very alarmed when he saw this report,” Scarpinato said. “He felt that action needed to be taken very swiftly here, that this was a clear example of where we need to make sure any decisions that are being made related to health care are being made with regard to public health and not related to any undue influence.”Ramadan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Ducey also issued an executive order Friday requiring the Medicaid drug committee members to receive annual conflict of interest training and abstain from votes or discussions regarding items with which they have conflicts. The governor’s order instructed the state Medicaid agency to publicly post its drug committee members’ disclosures, require speakers at the committee meetings to disclose financial ties to drugmakers and determine a threshold for drugmaker payments that would disqualify a member from serving.The Center for Public Integrity’s investigation with NPR found that at least three out of five doctors voting on state Medicaid drug decisions nationwide in the past two years received perks from drugmakers. Ramadan received the most.The investigation also revealed that drugmaker representatives swarm the committee meetings and are not always upfront about their financial ties to pharmaceutical companies. States differ in how much they require public speakers at the meetings and the committee members themselves to disclose. In Arizona, Ramadan disclosed his relationship with drugmakers but did not have to provide details, and the disclosure was not public nor provided to his fellow committee members.Even before the center’s investigation with NPR was published, a doctor serving on New York’s Medicaid drug board resigned, and a New York health official divested his stock in pharmaceutical companies, following our reporter’s questions. Ramadan also abstained on voting on certain drugs during the July 17 meeting of the Arizona committee, following interviews for the story.The Center for Public Integrity is a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. You can follow Liz Essley Whyte on Twitter at @l_e_whyte. Copyright 2018 The Center for Public Integrity. To see more, visit The Center for Public Integrity.
Losing weight can be difficult, exhausting and frustrating. With all the poor information and bad messages out there, it’s hard to know what really works when it comes to weight loss. NPR’s Science Desk is working on stories about overcoming the biological and mental hurdles to losing weight, and we want to hear from you. Please describe your experience in the form below or follow this link to respond. Part of this project involves putting voices on air, so we’d love if you could send us a voice memo. You can do that in the form, or email a voice memo to [email protected] with “weight loss” in the subject line.Your response may be used in an upcoming story, on air or on NPR.org. Thanks! Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
A senior civil servant has refused to allow the mother of a woman who took her own life – after being repeatedly failed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – to see a secret report into her daughter’s death.Jodey Whiting (pictured) died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA).But Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, has now told Joy Dove, Whiting’s mother, that she cannot see a secret internal review that was carried out into her daughter’s death.She told her in a letter: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”But only last week, work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd revealed key details from another internal process review (IPR) to MP Frank Field, the chair of the Commons work and pensions committee.That review was carried out following the death of Stephen Smith, who died in April, months after he was found fit for work by DWP despite being in hospital with such severe health problems that his weight had fallen to six stone.There appears to be no legal reason why an IPR cannot be released to the next-of-kin in full, if the work and pensions secretary gives her or his permission for it to be released.This week, a DWP spokesperson said the letter to Field was simply “outlining the outcome of the Internal Process Review into Stephen Smith’s case rather than a full copy of the report”.She added: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said today (Thursday): “It is morally reprehensible that the DWP is attempting to hide behind a cloak of secrecy.“Joy has an absolute right to know the contents and conclusions drawn from the DWP internal review into her daughter Jodey’s death.“This denial only strengthens our case for a full independent judicial inquiry into Jodey’s case.“We would like to add our voices to Joy’s in demanding full disclosure of the entire review immediately, no ifs, no buts.”The letter from Haddad contained written answers to questions put to her by Dove – and prepared with the help of Disability News Service (DNS) – during a face-to-face meeting that took place earlier this month.In the letter, Haddad also refused to tell her whether any DWP civil servant had been disciplined for the failings that led to her daughter’s death.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.But a DWP spokesperson said this week: “We discussed with Mrs Dove the actions taken as a result of Jodey’s case, including corrective actions, but we cannot discuss any specific actions taken in relation to individual members of staff.”Haddad also refused to say if she believed that it was ministers or civil servants who were responsible for Jodey Whiting’s death, stating only that ICE “provided a thorough and in-depth review of how we dealt with Jodey’s case and what failings had taken place”.A DWP spokesperson added: “The Independent Case Examiner did not find any evidence of misconduct by Civil Servants or Ministers.”*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing [email protected]