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Kidnapped Palestinian journalist is freed

first_img Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Palestine May 16, 2021 Find out more News 18.05.2007 – 19h00 GMTReporters Without Borders voiced relief on learning that Palestinian journalist Abdelsalam Mussa Abu Askar was freed several hours after being kidnapped today in the Gaza StripThe press freedom organisation was told that the Abu Dhabi TV bureau chief was released thanks to the invention of Gen. Burhane Mohammed, the head of the Egyptian security delegation based in Gaza. News News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa 18.05.2007 – 17h30 GMTMounting alarm as a second journalist is kidnapped in GazaAbdelsalam Mussa Abu Askar, a Palestinian journalist who is Abu Dhabi TV’s bureau chief in Gaza, was kidnapped as he was returning home today in Gaza City. His colleagues said members of the Hamas-affiliated Executive Force were involved in his abduction.“This latest abduction, 68 days after BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was kidnapped, confirms that the Gaza Strip is one of the world’s most dangerous places for the media,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are all the more concerned as this is the first time a Palestinian journalist has been kidnapped in the Palestinian Territories,” Reporters Without Borders added. “What guarantees of security are possible if Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh’s party, Hamas, allows such activity. We appeal to him to intervene to get Askar released quickly.”Aged 43, Asker was abducted as he was driving to his home in Al-Nassar, in the northwest section of Gaza City. The leadership of the Hamas Executive Force denied any involvement in his abduction.The resumption of fighting between rival Palestinian groups has made it very difficult for journalists to work in the Gaza Strip. Most residents are staying indoors and, for the most part, TV journalists are only able to film from the windows of their bureaux. Yesterday, about 40 journalists were trapped for several hours on the 9th floor of a building housing many news media as it was raked with gunfire.This is the list of journalists who have been taken hostage in the Gaza Strip since 2005:- Ramon Lobo and Carmen Secanella, held for less than two hours.- Mohammed Ouathi, held for nine days.- Lorenzo Cremonesi, held for a day.- Dion Nissenbaum and Adam Pletts, held for several hours.- Caroline Laurent, Alfred Yaghobzadeh and Yong Tae-young, held for a day.- Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, held for 14 days.- Emilio Morenatti, held for several hours.- Jaime Razuri, held for seven days.- Alan Johnston, still held.- Abdelsalam Mussa Abu Askar, still held. June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnapped Palestinian journalist is freed Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation last_img read more

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O.C. Farmers Market Delivers on Delicious

first_imgPeople poured into the Ocean City Farmers Market to check out all of the farm fresh produce, flowers, herbs and crafts on opening day. (Photos by Phoebe Prettyman) By Phoebe PrettymanThe sun was out and shining Wednesday for the first Ocean City Farmers and Crafters Market of the 2019 summer season. Located on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, the market offers a variety of fresh produce, artwork, crafts, treats and more.It features more than 40 food stands and 40 vendors who sell arts and crafts.There is something for everyone – even the little ones. Alanna Scargill, 9, of Malvern, Pa., was excited to buy colorful slime from the “Slime by the Sea” booth. When asked about her purchase she said, “My parents don’t really like it, but I love it. It is fun to play with.” Followed with some laughs and giggles, Alanna talked about how she and her family have gone to the Farmers Market for many years when they come to the Jersey Shore.Alanna Scargill, 9, of Malvern, Pa., displays her slime purchase at the Farmers Market.The many crafts and kid-friendly products are only a fraction of what the Farmers Market has to offer. There are places to get produce, flowers, clothing, jewelry and even dog treats.One of the longest-running vendors at the market is the Monteleone Farm produce stand. They offer a plethora of vegetables including corn, tomatoes, peaches, and many more. When asked about the booth, Doris Monteleone smiled and explained, “We have been here since the very start of the Farmers Market.” The Monteleone Farm’s presence is always a staple of the market year after year. The market is celebrating its 24th year.The Monteleone Farm stand has been participating in the Farmers Market year after year.While there are other vendors who come back year after year, there are also a host of new ones that joined the market in recent years.One vendor who specializes in repurposing wood and metal to create art and sculptures is entering the second year at the market. Rob Zane, a North Cape May resident, is the man behind the sculpting.The market, sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, is open every Wednesday until the beginning of September from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle. For more information, call 609-399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.Bonnie Moore, of Greenfield, and Rob Zane, of North Cape May, stand next to his works of repurposed art.last_img read more

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Explainer: All you need to know about the govt’s food estates

first_imgFood distribution improvementThe food estates are deemed essential as the COVID-19 crisis has aggravated Indonesia’s food security issues.In late April, a month after the outbreak in the country, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that key commodities, such as garlic, sugar, chili and chicken eggs, were in short supply in more than 20 provinces, while rice, a staple food for Indonesians, was lacking in seven provinces.The World Food Programme’s (WFP) Indonesia office has estimated that the country experienced a 13.2 percent year-on-year decline in rice production to 16.1 million tons in the first half of 2020.Making matters worse, the dry season looms on the horizon and may impact overall output of the agricultural sector, which employs more than a quarter of the nation’s workforce. Haunting mistakes of the pastDwi Andreas Santosa, an agriculture expert from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), told the Post that history showed a series of government’s failures in developing food estates in at least the past 25 years.In the mid-1990s, President Soeharto’s administration sought to develop a similar project called Peatland Development (PLG) comprising around 1.4 million ha in Central Kalimantan. The Jokowi administration will use some of the former PLG land to develop its food estate.“I was part of the environmental risk analysis team. We had warned [the government] about the possibility of failing. And it totally failed,” Dwi said in a phone interview.“All of them failed because they ignored the scientific principles in their development,” he added. “To develop a food estate for food crops on a large scale, four important [requirements] must be met.”They are land and climate suitability, infrastructure for irrigation and transportation, cultivation and technological feasibility, as well as social and economic feasibility, according to Dwi.Dwi also said the food estate needed to produce at least 4 tons per ha to prevent losses, otherwise farmers would leave the project. Moreover, the government also needed to take into account the necessary labor.Each hectare will require at least four people, according to Dwi’s estimate.The Agriculture Ministry is providing production tools worth Rp 379 billion (US$25.4 million). The ministry has offered 98 four-wheel tractors, 150 two-wheel tractors and 35 rice transplanters.The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) lauded the government’s efforts to boost food production, but did not necessarily support the food estate program, it said in a statement provided to the Post on Thursday. The CIPS is of the view that the program, which involves peatland development, could have a negative impact on the local environment and the peat forest ecosystem.“[The program] could result in losses for farmers and certainly for the government, since it is not spending the budget properly,” CIPS researcher Galuh Octania said by text message on Sept. 26.The government should instead focus on policies to attract greater investment and encourage agricultural innovation to support domestic production, the think tank said in its statement. The Indonesian government is pinning its hopes for bolstering the nation’s food security on the development of food estates in Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra, despite a similar project having failed in the past and COVID-19 disrupting logistics today.In Central Kalimantan, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration plans to develop around 164,600 hectares of food estates for crops like rice, which is part of its National Strategic Projects for the 2020–2024 period.In the first phase, which commences this year, the government aims to develop around 30,000 ha, two-thirds of which will be located in Kapuas regency and the rest in Pulang Pisau regency. The Central Kalimantan food estate is estimated to produce 7 tons of rice per ha, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said in July.“Even though it started in September in two regencies, namely Pulang Pisau and Kapuas, we have developed around 4,200 ha as of today. The initial target for September was only 1,921 ha,” Indonesian Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa said in a statement on Tuesday.The Army has been helping the ministry with the food estate project in Central Kalimantan. On Tuesday, it inked an agreement with the Agriculture Ministry to partner on agricultural human resource development, among other things.Meanwhile, in North Sumatera, the government wants to develop a total of 61,000 ha of food estates for horticulture including potato, shallot and garlic, in the regencies of Humbang Hasundutan (Humbahas), Central Tapanuli, North Tapanuli and West Pakpak.The first phase of development of the North Sumatera food estates will cover 4,000 ha, which has been surveyed by the government from Sept. 20 to 24.This year, the government said, it would focus on developing a 1,000 ha center for agriculture training and technology in Humbahas, which would serve as a partnership model between farmers and investors.The Agriculture Ministry will handle 215 ha, and private investors will take 785 ha. According to the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, food manufacturers PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, PT Champ Resto Indonesia and PT Calbee Wings Food have expressed interest in the project.“After we managed the food estate in Humbahas, our next big plan in 2021 will be developing the North Sumatra food estate not only in one regency, but we also want to support other regencies with this program,” Nani Hendiarti, the deputy of Environment and Forestry Management at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, said in a statement on Sept. 25. Read also: Pandemic disrupts food distribution across country, minister saysThe projects were also aimed at overcoming food distribution issues across the archipelago, land use change, especially in Java, and the increase of the country’s population, said Andriko Noto Susanto, the head of food availability and risks at the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP).“One of our approaches is to develop new food production centers outside the existing ones,” Andriko told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Monday.“So the Central Kalimantan food estate for food crops and the North Sumatra on for horticulture are the measure we take to provide new sources of food there.”The food estate in North Sumatera is expected to ease the country’s dependency on imports of garlic and other commodities where national production currently fails to meet national demand.For the May–December period, the Agriculture Ministry estimated Indonesia’s garlic imports would reach around 604,000 tons, mostly from China. It would add to the expected domestic production of 17,600 tons that could not meet the estimated demand of 377,500 tons on the period.“The one for horticulture in Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra, is very important for shallots, garlic and chili,” said Andriko. “We have a national surplus of chili, but since it is perishable, there will be a problem if the distribution gets disrupted. Developing new production centers is therefore important,” he added.The logistics disruption caused by restrictions enforced to contain COVID-19 has affected food delivery to many regions in Indonesia, particularly the eastern parts, Minister Syahrul also said earlier in July.Andriko also said the Central Kalimantan food estate was expected to improve rice distribution, which was presently too heavily concentrated on Java, with some other big production centers in Sumatra and South Sulawesi.The three main rice producing provinces of East Java, West Java and Central Java produce a combined 37 million tons a year, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry. The three provinces accounted for 67.8 percent of last year’s rice production, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correctly state Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Galuh Octania and CIPS statements.Topics :last_img read more

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Janitor accused of stashing gun, ammo in Fort Lauderdale airport

first_imgOn Saturday, a 27-year-old employee was arrested for allegedly sneaking a gun into a secured area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.A Broward County deputy was dispatched to Terminal 3 of the airport and found a 9mm Rugar pistol, two pistol magazines, a box of ammunition with 33 rounds and a blue Sunshine Cleaning Systems hat inside a black trash bag, according to a federal affidavit.The bag was initially discovered by an employee who was removing a ceiling tile to inspect the plumbing, according to the federal affidavit.The employee also found a separate black trash bag inside the ceiling that contained a blue zip-up handbag with a silver tag labeled “Forecast.”The suspect was identified as Mikenson Regis of Pompano Beach after the Broward Sheriff’s Office traced the serial number on the pistol through a law enforcement database and found he bought the gun at a pawn shop.Surveillance footage from Monday, May 20th shows Regis, who worked at the airport at the janitor, with the blue zip-up handbag outside the airport.The footage then showed him entering the janitor closet where the weapons and ammunition were found at a later time.Regis flew out of Fort Lauderdale to Haiti on the morning of May 21st.Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI tried to speak with Regis upon his arrival on May 25th, but he invoked his right to an attorney.He’s is charged with entering an aircraft or airport area in violation of security requirements.last_img read more

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RCB decide against retaining Gayle

first_imgROYAL Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have opted against retaining Windies star batsman Chris Gayle for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season.There were serious doubts that the 38-year-old West Indian would be among the three players retained by RCB when the franchise released their list of protected players yesterday.When the list was finalised the T20 record run-scorer was indeed omitted, with the team opting to keep Indian captain Virat Kohli and South African superstar AB de Villiers along with the uncapped Sarfaraz Khan.Although the big left-hander will now head to the auction block for the January 27 IPL draft in Bangalore, he could still be retained under the franchise’s Right to Match (RTM) option, but option also seems unlikely based on the player’s recent form and injury troubles.Gayle, who was drafted in 2011 by the Bangalore franchise, had a subpar last couple of seasons where he played 19 matches in total and only managed to score 447 runs.The player was shockingly left out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) last year but rebounded with a strong performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he led Rangpur Riders past Dhaka Dynamites in the final. Gayle scored 146 runs from just 69 balls. It was a destructive innings with 18 sixes, a world record for the number of sixes in a T20 match.The batsman, however, also failed to spark during the Windies tour of New Zealand, but was afflicted by illness at the start of the tour. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Table Tennis: Winners Konjić- Bušatlić

first_imgMember of Mladosti from Zenica Edin Konjić and a member of Željezničar from Sarajevo Belma Bušatlić won the title of senior state champions in table tennis in the category of mixed doubles.Konjić/Bušatlić won the combination Mirza Dizdarević (Mladost-Zenica) / Ajla Kovač (Spin 2012-Sarajevo) after having played in the group stages of final match of B&H Championship, held at the sports hall “Ramiz Salčin” – Mojmilo.Third place was shared between couples Feđa Jašarević (Aladža – Sarajevo) / Emina Hadžiahmetović (Spin 23012 – Sarajevo) and Anes Alić (Aladža – Sarajevo) / Miljana Antonić (Prijedor) with 3:2.The organization of competition was in a great level, and was hosted by Table- Tennis Club “Stens-EuroAsfalt – Sarajevo”, announced Table Tennis Association of B&H.(Source: Fena)last_img read more