Police in Gafsa mining region harass reporter for banned newspaper

first_img Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation RSF_en May 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police in Gafsa mining region harass reporter for banned newspaper Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tunisia November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the way the police in Gafsa (400 km southwest of Tunis) have been harassing political activist Ammar Amroussia in recent days. Amroussia writes for El Badil (Alternative), a banned newspaper that supports the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers, which is also banned.“The authorities want to silence all the dissidents who are disseminating information about the wave of popular unrest in Gafsa,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Amroussia is a source of irritation for the authorities and they want to make him shut up. How far will they go with their mental and physical harassment?”Amroussia told Reporters Without Borders he was alarmed by the harassment, but he added: “I fear silence even more.”The police harassment of Amroussia follows the publication of articles on the El Badil website about the tension in the Gafsa mining region. Amroussia helped to publicise the wave of protest in the region in January 2008 and the ensuing crackdown the following June.Like many other journalists and human rights activists in Gafsa, Amroussia was barred from the courthouse on 14 May for the start of the trial of seven youths who were arrested for staging a sit-in Gafsa. A second hearing is due to be held on 21 May.Amroussia was physically attacked by six police officers including Gafsa police chief Sami Yahyaoui while meeting with the wife of one of the Gafsa protest leaders in a public place on 15 May.A group of police officers, including Gafsa deputy police chief Mohammed Yousfi, publicly insulted him on 16 May and warned him that he could be killed if he did not stop covering developments in the mining region.Unrest erupted in Gafsa in January 2008 after the Gafsa Phosphate Company, the region’s main employer, announced the results of a recruitment competition in which favouritism and loyalty to the ruling party were clearly much more important factors than competence. It sparked the biggest wave of protests in Tunisia since Ben Ali became president in 1987. News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Press release: Update on fire doors investigation – risk to public safety remains low

first_imgWhat is your advice for owners of buildings which have been installed with these fire doors? If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Public safety is paramount. When we were informed about an issue with a Grenfell Tower fire door, we acted quickly to seek independent expert advice and established a wide-ranging investigation. Based on the results of these investigations to date, the expert panel advise the risk to public safety remains low. However they advise there is a performance issue with Manse Masterdor which is why we are taking the responsible step of writing to relevant building owners setting out clear advice on what they should do. Fire service advice to residents remains the same. Regularly test your smoke alarms, ensure your front door is properly closed and in the event of a fire follow existing fire procedures for the building. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg How do I know if I need to replace fire doors in the building I own? Office address and general enquiries Contact form https://forms.communit… Email [email protected] Owners of buildings where Manse Masterdor 30 minute composite fire doors have been installed should review their building fire risk assessments and consider how quickly these doors should be replaced. The expert panel’s advice is that these doors should be replaced using a risk-based approach, and they have published advice for building owners who are replacing 30 minute composite front entrance fire doors. General advice for building owners on how to ensure the safety of residents in blocks of flats is available at: www.local.gov.uk/fire-safety-purpose-built-flats Social media – MHCLG The National Fire Chiefs Council has advised that the risk to public safety is low. In the event of a fire people should follow existing fire procedures for the building. Residents should also test their smoke alarms regularly to ensure they work and ensure that their flat front door is fitted with a working self-closing device. All doors provide essential protection in a fire if they are properly closed. Fire safety advice for residents is available at: www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/High–Rise-Safety-for-Residentscenter_img We are writing to all customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors, to notify them of the issue. Residents should contact their landlords who will be able to advise whether they have been supplied with the affected doors. If there is uncertainty the expert panel advise that a suitably qualified person can inspect the doors and this advice is set out in their advice note on fire doors which can be accessed from the building safety programme website 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Media enquiries Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (16 May 2018) updated Parliament on the fire door investigation and confirmed experts advise the risk to public safety remains low.Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police informed government a fire door installed at Grenfell Tower designed to resist fire for up to 30 minutes – as required by building regulations guidance – failed after approximately 15 minutes when tested by the police.Government immediately sought advice from its independent expert panel to see what action was required, and have undertaken further testing and investigations focusing on composite flat entrance fire doors manufactured by Manse Masterdor – a company that has not been trading since 2014.The expert panel has concluded there is a performance issue with these Manse Masterdor fire doors, which do not consistently meet the 30 minute fire resistance standard. Nevertheless, the National Fire Chiefs Council has advised the expert panel the risk to public safety remains low. They point out that fire protection in a building is developed using a range of measures so a failure of one protection measure – such as fire doors – should not significantly change the overall safety of residents. In addition, all doors provide essential protection in a fire if they are properly closed.Based on this advice, the expert panel advise that owners of buildings with this type of door should review their building’s fire risk assessment and consider how quickly these doors should be replaced. The expert panel has published guidance to assist building owners.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is writing to customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors. It is also looking at the wider fire door market and intends to test fire doors from other door suppliers.Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: How do I know if my landlords have installed these doors to my flat? The department is writing to customers of Manse Masterdor identified in the company’s records as having been supplied with these doors and is considering what further support building owners may require to assist with taking timely action. The expert panel has published guidance for building owners who are replacing or want to inspect their flat front entrance fire doors. The department is now looking at the wider fire door market, and intends to test fire doors from other door suppliers and will provide an update on these tests in due course. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 What is the safety advice for residents?last_img read more

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Utilities, maintenance leadership provides updates on carbon reduction goals

first_imgNatalie Weber Paul Kempf, ND assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance, speaks on the University’s energy efforts on Tuesday in Bond Hall.Kempf said efforts trace back to 2010 when the University decided to make energy a main focus of its sustainability initiatives. Working towards carbon reduction, Notre Dame has depended on a number of strategies, Kempf said.“I think our perspective was that we wanted to take advantage of the assets the University already owned, and that we had invested in, and get our value out of those, but at the same time reduce in carbon,” he said. “And like a good investment portfolio, diversification is always a good practice.”One such way the University plans to reduce its carbon output is through the construction of a new hydroelectric plant in South Bend, for which the University broke ground on Aug. 19.“Hydro will actually produce, based on today’s usage, 7% of electricity we use on campus, and it will reduce our carbon foot by 9,700 tons,” Kempf said. “Our carbon footprint today is probably about 190,000 pounds. So it will reduce our carbon footprint by 5 or 6%. Not a huge number. But there isn’t a home run here, folks, there are a lot of little projects that go together to reduce their carbon footprint.”Kempf also explained how the University’s East Plant — which houses the geothermal fields’ mechanical equipment, water chillers and a thermal energy storage tank — functions. He said the water chillers work at night — a time when power is cheaper, or the University has excess power because of a lower energy demand. Using this load shifting, Notre Dame has been able to increase its energy efficiency, Kempf said.The University also uses energy from a solar array it owns near the local airport. According to the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame estimated the array would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,000 tons over the course of about 20 years.“Our plan was, we weren’t going to try to produce more solar energy than we needed for [the] facility,” Kempf said. “We really wanted to be able to have some amount of power we bought all the time and have the full benefit of the solar array to the facility.”Notre Dame also purchases about half of its electricity from Indiana Michigan Power, Kempf said.“What they do on their side of the ledger matters to us as well,” he said. “They have a partner on that side that’s doing things to try to reduce their carbon footprint.”As a whole, the University is continuing to look for more cost-effective and carbon-reductive strategies, Kempf said.“There’s a whole series of different projects, some of those ones that I just mentioned,” he said. “So we have a roadmap [but] we’re always looking to see if we can make a better roadmap.”Tags: carbon reductions, coal, East Plan, Energy Week, Geothermal Field, hydroelectric plant, renewable energy, solar power, sustainability, Utilities and Maintenance Notre Dame’s coal pile is dwindling as it focuses on taking advantage of other fuel sources and works towards its goal of stopping coal combustion by the end of 2020.Assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance Paul Kempf gave updates on the University’s progress towards this goal during a presentation Tuesday afternoon. During the talk, he focused on Notre Dame’s hydroelectric plant, purchased power, geothermal fields and a number of other strategies the University is employing to work on carbon reduction.last_img read more

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Badgers welcome in new foe for Big Ten home opener

first_imgAfter a rough weekend in Washington D.C., the Wisconsin men’s soccer team will have a chance to start out the conference season on the right foot Friday.Following a pair of losses against George Mason and Georgetown, the Badgers begin their Big Ten slate with a nationally televised Big Ten home opener against one of the conference’s newest members, Rutgers.While UW (1-3-0) had their struggles as a team over the weekend, there were some bright spots. One of those was freshman forward Mark Segbers, who already scored his third goal of the season, coming against George Mason last Friday.Despite Segbers being a true freshman, he has wasted no time gelling with the team and becoming a focal point of the Badgers’ offensive attack. He will play a big role in the team’s rebound from their 1-3 start to the season, starting with Rutgers on Friday.“[Segbers] is special,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said. “He’s got great physical abilities and has also shown to be very good in front of the goal. He doesn’t just have three goals, but he also created a penalty kick against Georgetown. Mark is an exceptional talent and we are still fitting him into where we will play him within the team, but he’s going to have one heck of a career here.”Through the first four matches of the season, Segbers leads the team in goals (3) and shots on goal (5), despite only starting one game.On the other side of the field, the Scarlet Knights (2-2-0) happen to have a fantastic freshman of their own. Freshman forward Jason Wright, who has played for various Jamaican national teams, has been off to a hot start that rivals the performance of Segbers. Through the team’s first four games, Wright has been responsible for all four of the team’s goals, scoring three of them and assisting on the other.Trask and the rest of the Badgers understand how gifted the young Rutgers’ Jamaican is, but they’re also up for the challenge.“We’ve been just starting to watch some tape on [Wright] and he is obviously very gifted,” Trask said. “When you score four goals for the U-17 and U-20 Jamaican national team, you’ve got gifts. I’m sure he is going to be a handful, but I know our defenders are looking forward to playing against the best. We always do. It should be a great matchup.”This will be the first Big Ten match for Rutgers after switching over from the Big East this summer. Rutgers, who is on a two-game losing skid of their own, is as unfamiliar an opponent as ever for this Wisconsin team. In fact, junior midfielder Drew Conner had not even seen them play until this week.Nevertheless, this Badger team, most notably the backline led by senior defender David Caban, will be ready for whatever Rutgers brings offensively.“Offensively, they’re pretty dynamic,” Caban said. “It’s going to be their first Big Ten game as a school overall, so that’ll be pretty tough. We have to come out organized, as they are definitely going to come out excited. Everyone wants to win their first Big Ten game because you always want to start off on the front foot, rather than chasing.”Despite the team’s confidence going into Friday’s match, UW does have some question marks of their own to deal with before they take the pitch against the Scarlet Knights.At halftime of Sunday’s match against national powerhouse Georgetown, Trask and his staff made the executive decision to switch out starting freshmen goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk with redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Casey Beyers after Remeniuk gave up three first half goals. Beyers only gave up a single goal to the Hoyas in the second half of the match.As of now, Trask and his staff have not made a decision as to who will start Friday’s match, despite the fact that Remeniuk has started each of Wisconsin’s first four regular season games this year. Trask said they will take the week’s remaining few practices to evaluate and it will ultimately be a “game day decision.”Despite the unknown of who will be in goal come Friday, Caban doesn’t believe it will matter in the end. He and the other members of the backline will be comfortable no matter who is in front of the net.“I don’t think the transition [between goalkeepers] is that difficult because the goalies are trained very well by coach Ian [Sarachan] so it’s all pretty consistent,” Caban said. “Obviously each goalie has their own way of doing things; they communicate differently, they play balls differently. But all in all, we are pretty well-adjusted to our keepers so it really isn’t that difficult to adjust to.”With Friday’s game scheduled to be shown on the Big Ten Network, playing on the national stage can add loads of pressure to a team, especially a young group like Wisconsin’s.Drew Conner, who is also one of the team’s three captains, will make sure that he and the young guys on the team will be focused to play how they always do once they’re under the lights. He doesn’t believe the team will have a problem treating it like any other game.“I’ve played in four or five Big Ten Network games now, so it gets to the point where you kind of forget that the cameras are on and you just play your game,” Conner said. “If you focus too much on that, you either start trying to do too much or try and hide. I’m going to give some of the younger guys advice to just stay cool, forget about the cameras, and just focus on playing good defense and doing what comes natural offensively.”The Badgers will take on the Scarlet Knights at McClimon Soccer Complex Friday at 7 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more

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