first_imgJournalist in Danger (JED) in Democratic Republic of Congo Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has for several years been providing financial support to Journalist in Danger (JED), an independent press freedom organisation that was created by a group of Congolese journalists in Kinshasa. Reporters Without Borders pays the rent of its office and some of its other operating costs. Development projects in Iraq- In March 2006, three years after the start of the war in Iraq, Reporters Without Borders announced the creation of a support fund for the families of journalists killed in Iraq. The first 20 grants were allocated in cooperation with the Union of Iraqi Journalists during a trip to Kurdistan from 2 to 6 April, during which the families of slain journalists were visited. Part of these support funds were used to provide appropriate medical treatment to journalists injured in bombings, shootings or abductions. During a visit to Baghdad in May 2007, a Reporters Without Borders delegation provided financial assistance to the families of 57 journalists killed in other parts of Iraq. – The annual Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize in the “Defender of Press Freedom” category was awarded on 5 December 2007 to the Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) for its vital work in reporting the many acts of violence against journalists in Iraq. The award includes 2,500 euros in prize money.The JFO was created in 2004 in response to the fact that many journalists were being imprisoned and mistreated by the Iraqi security forces. Mostly victims of police violence themselves, the founding members decided to join forces in order to help imprisoned journalists. In just a few years, it has become one of the most reliable sources of information about press freedom violations in Iraq. Reporters Without Borders establishes specific and long-term assistance projects aimed at ensuring the survival and development of local news media and organisations that defend free expression.Support for local pressThe Journal des journaux in Chad On 27 March 2008, Reporters Without Borders provided financial support for the publication in N’Djamena of a Journal des Journaux (“Newspaper of Newspapers”), a one-off issue combining most of Chad’s independent weeklies. Put together by journalists from six media that are currently not operating (N’Djamena Hebdo, Le Temps, Notre Temps, l’Observateur, Le Miroir and radio FM-Liberté), the 12-page issue included a plea for press freedom in Chad, and in particular, for the repeal of a press law adopted by decree on 20 February while a state of emergency was in force. _ Kabul Weekly in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders provided a sizable sum of financial support in 2007 to Kabul Weekly, an, independent Afghan newspaper run by journalist Faheem Dashty, in order to enable it to resume publishing. Created in 1993 and relaunched a few weeks after the fall on the Taliban in January 2002, it stopped publishing in November 2006 because of financial difficulties due above all to the lack of advertising revenue. With the aid provided, the newspaper was able to acquire new equipment and recruit more staff, and resumed publishing on 16 May 2007._ Support for press freedom organisations June 16, 2008 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Development projects Organisation News RSF_en last_img read more

first_imgMarseille president Vincent Labrune has ruled out selling or buying any players in the January transfer window.Under Marcelo Bielsa, Marseille lead Ligue 1 by two points, ahead of the second half of the season, but Labrune seems uninterested in adding players to keep second-placed Lyon or reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain at bay.There had been speculation that Marseille might send out of favour defender Matheus Doria or back-up goalkeeper Brice Samba away on loan, but Labrune’s comments to La Provence have seemingly ruled that out.”There will be no departures or arrivals. We will stay like that until further notice,” he said.Marseille will be without captain Andre Ayew, fellow midfielder Alexander N’Doumbou and defender Nicolas N’Koulou over the next month due to the African Cup of Nations but Labrune’s declaration means Bielsa will have no extra cover. Samba has played just one game this season – in the Coupe de la Ligue – while Doria, who was signed from Botafogo amongst a lot of fanfare in September has not even done that.Bielsa was not happy with Labrune’s decision to sign the 20-year-old Brazilian and has refused to utilise the defender, who has represented his country once at senior level.last_img read more

first_imgNo matter how powerful a team’s offense is, they will not outscore their flaws on defense come April and May. All things considered though, this is a good problem for head coach Sheldon Keefe to have.“I’m much happier to be in that position of just having to fix that than sitting here every day trying to figure out how the heck are we going to score a goal,” Keefe said on Monday.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade  |  NHL All-Decade TeamKeefe suggested Toronto’s alarming number of goals against lately have more to do altering its mindset than structural deficiencies in its own zone.“We think we’re close [to getting it sorted out], we think they’re easy adjustments in terms of just being more conscious and more aware,” Keefe said. “The difficult part is when you’ve got such offensive players who are really feeling it and feel like they can score at any time that they push a little extra. In terms of adjustments we need to make, we think it’s pretty simple, it’s just the mindset and mentality but actually going out and making it happen is different.”When looking at how the Leafs has allowed goals over the past three games, only three of the 15 — Carolina Hurricanes’ Martin Necas and Erik Haula’s goals on Dec. 23 and New Jersey Devils’ Nico Hischier’s goal on Dec. 27 — can be attributed to full-on defensive zone breakdowns.The rest are largely the result of turnovers in inopportune situations when otherwise in control of the puck that have led to goals off the rush. “A lot of our issues that have come up and cost us goals against, we think they’re offensive issues, turning the puck over in a bad spot which means you can’t have any structure defensively,” Keefe said. “We think it’s overdoing it a bit on offense and then you leave yourself exposed. Any time we’ve been in our structure defensively, we think we’ve done a good job. When we’re on offense, it’s the few seconds after that before we can get into our defensive structure that’s been our problem.”Moving forward for Toronto, now it is about learning to manage the puck more effectively and realizing when is the time to push to make a play and when the time is to get it in deep and live to fight another day when a play is not there to be made.“I don’t think we’re giving up a whole lot in our defensive zone off the cycle. Off the rush, those are the chances we’re kind of giving up with how active we’re being in the offensive zone,” Mitch Marner said. “As forwards we have to realize we have to get back and play that defensive position sometimes but it’s not always going to be perfect with our guys back. We’re playing with the puck a lot and that’s annoying teams and makes us feel better. Off the rush is our only problem really right now.”59 seconds ⏱3 gorgeous goals 🚨Enjoy 😁#LeafsForever #NextGenGame— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 24, 2019At this point though, do not expect the Maple Leafs to ever become a defensively stingy team capable of locking down games and winning 2-1 on a regulation basis. Ideally, Keefe said he would like Toronto to play as high event as possible when it comes to generating chances and as low event as possible when it comes to their opponent’s generating chances. He said that really is no different than most any other team. TORONTO — Offense is not going to be a problem for the Toronto Maple Leafs moving forward. Even if the goals dry up for three or four games — as they are bound to do at some point — they’ll come back. What will tell the tale of their season, though, will be how consistently they can keep the puck out of their own net.Just once in the last 10 games, a stretch in which they went 8-1-1, have the Maple Leafs failed to score at least four goals in a game. Six times, however, they have allowed at least three goals and over their past three games, they have surrendered 15 goals against in total. The difference with the Leafs is that, while conventional wisdom suggests to always lean toward keeping the puck out of your net, they will lean towards scoring an extra goal.“Where we are perhaps a little different is we’d be accepting of the fact that how we are going to play is going to give up some things and at times when you create a great offensive chance, it can leave you exposed the other way and that’s where we have to plug that hole,” Keefe said.In other words, the players have been given the green light to take a chance to make a play more often than not. Few teams operate like that. Will it work? Only time will tell.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – Monmouth County will begin on or about April 1 a project to replace the bridge deck on the Newman Springs Road bridge (S-16) over the Swimming River just east of the Garden State Parkway.The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic throughout the project, but motorists should expect delays and plan alternate routes.To complete the repair work and to continue to accommodate vehicle traffic on the busy stretch of road, the twin two-lane bridges will be reduced to two lanes, one westbound and one eastbound, during the entire eight month construction period. There will also be no access for pedestrians on the bridge during the eight-month project.“Deterioration of the bridge surface over the past four decades has significantly advanced to the point that the entire deck needs to be replaced,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “While the work is critical, we know that it is not practical to take this bridge out of use or create an effective detour.”The existing concrete decks on both bridges will be completely removed and in their places will be new concrete decks of the same dimensions. Work will also be completed on each of the bridge approaches as well as the curbs and the sidewalks. When finished, all work will meet current design standards.The project is expected to conclude in late November, weather permitting.“The replacement work will extend the usable life of this 42-year-old bridge,” Arnone said. “This bridge is an important link that connects Red Bank and Tinton Falls to Middletown.”The work will be conducted by Rencor, Inc. of Somerville for a total contract amount of $2,114,109. The state’s Transportation Trust Fund is providing the funding for the project.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsAnother B.C. Major Midget Hockey League team realized the hard way there are no easy games to be had in the Kootenays.The Kootenay Ice took three of four points from the North Island Silvertips in BCMMHL action during the weekend in Castlegar.The Ice road the red hot scoring of Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to bounce the Silvertips 6-4 Saturday at the Castlegar Complex.Sunday, Riley Ostoforoff scored with six minutes remaining in the game to pull Kootenay into a 5-5 tie.“It was a great weekend considering we played with only four defencemen,” Ice coach Simon Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily Wednesday. “But the boys are now starting to be rewarded for all there hard work,” Wheeldon added. “The work ethic hasn’t changed and they’ve played the same way all season but now they’re starting to get rewarded with some points.”The four D-men providing the defence for goalies Christian Pickless of Langley and Kelowna’s Jarrod Schamerhorn were Joren Johnson of Nelson, Ben Betker of Cranbrook, Andy Miller of Trail and Castlegar’s Riley Ostoforoff.Saturday it was the Dryden Hunt show. The Nelson Minor Hockey product who played last year in Wilcox, Saskatchewan for Notre Dame, scored three times and added an assist to lead the Ice to victory.“Dryden has had lots of chances but has been a little snake bitten this year,” Wheeldon said. “I told him at every level you progress to the goaltending gets better. He’s had lots of chance but now the puck starting to go in for him and has been with some big goals for us.”After falling behind 2-1, the Ice rallied to scored twice to take a 3-2 first period lead. The team exchanged second period markers before Hunt and Derek Georgopolous of Cranbrook scored in the third for the home side. The line of Hunt, Georgopolous and Jesse Knowler of Castlegar combined for 11 points. “Dryden has had the luxury of playing with some great teammates,” said Wheeldon. Knowler and Luke Bertolucci also scored for the Ice. Christian Pickles was in goal for Kootenay, out shot 28-25.Sunday, Kootenay needed to stage a third period rally to steal the single point. Trailing 4-2 after 40 minutes, Jake Lucchini of Trail and Ostoforoff scored to even the score.Darren Medeiros of Castlegar and Knowler, with a pair, also scored for Kootenay.Ice netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn faced 37 shots to preserve the tie.Hunt was slowed down a little after Saturday’s monster game, finishing the game with one assist.Kootenay, 4-13-5, sit 10th overall in the 11-team league and trail North Island and Fraser Valley by four points and seventh-place Okanagan Rockets by eight points.It just so happens the Rockets are next on the schedule for the Ice as Kootenay travels to Kelowna for two games Saturday and Sunday.Next home game for Kootenay is January 8, 2011 when Thompson Blazers meet the Ice at the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more