News Receive email alerts December 9, 2020 Find out more RSF_en DjiboutiAfrica Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the detention of Maydaneh Abdallah Okieh, the website editor of the independent radio station La Voix de Djibouti (LVD), who was arrested at his home on 9 March and has been held since.“We demand the immediate release of Okieh, who was arrested arbitrarily for having covered a meeting of the National Salvation Union (USN), an opposition alliance,” said Cléa Kahn Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“It is the job of journalists to observe and report, and as such they must be free to do their work, which includes reporting dissenting views. Is President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s government so fragile that it cannot tolerate the least criticism?”Okieh was arrested at his home in Cité Maka Moukarama, in the Djibouti City suburb of Balbala, on 9 March by gendarmes from the Balbala-based Sheik Moussa Brigade and was transferred to Gabode central prison the next day, where holding conditions are known to be dire.The police said they had been looking for him since 4 March, when he covered a USN meeting in Balbala and saw gendarmes use violence to break up the meeting. He appeared in court on 11 March on a charge of disturbing public order. The court is supposed to issue a verdict on 18 March.Okieh spent two long spells in Gabode prison last year. He was held for six months, from 15 May to 19 October, on charges of “insulting a police officer” and “defaming the police” for posting photos on his Facebook page that showed police breaking up an opposition protest. Before that, he was held from 4 March to 10 April on charges of inciting a rebellion and inciting illegal demonstrations.Djibouti is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This is two places lower than in the 2013 index.Photo : Maydaneh Abdallah Okieh March 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent radio’s website editor detained again Help by sharing this information La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says News Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City Organisation News to go further Follow the news on Djibouti Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked August 4, 2020 Find out more DjiboutiAfrica News July 17, 2020 Find out more
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Courtney Brosnan kneeled with her hands on the ground at the side of the goalpost. Maddie Pack put her hands over her head and Jackie Firenze beckoned for her teammates to regroup as they paced around with looks of shock and frustration.Louisville forward Isabella Habuda had just gathered a pass off a Syracuse turnover near midfield and streaked toward the SU goal. She took two long dribbles before launching a shot high over Brosnan and into the back of the net.“I think it’s (frustration),” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of the team’s reaction. “We’re so much better than what we’re showing at times. And for us, our season has really been … a game of two halves.”Syracuse couldn’t catch up to Louisville (6-5-1, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) after conceding a goal 13 minutes into the contest. Despite gaining momentum as the game wore on, the Orange (4-8-1, 0-4) ran out of time in a 1-0 loss at SU Soccer Stadium.Wheddon called Syracuse’s early play frantic and said his team gave the ball away too much.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Sometimes we have a tendency to come out a little flat,” Pack said.Syracuse looked out of sync early. In the 23rd minute, SU forced a pass back down the sideline instead of turning and looking up the field.Later, Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian tripped over the ball while trying to make a pass and fell awkwardly on the ground. Assistant coach Kelly Lawrence walked away from the sideline before returning and pointing up the field to get Tcheki-Jamgotchian’s attention.“We struggled a little bit in the first half connecting passes and just playing simple,” Brosnan said.By the time the first half ended, Syracuse was down 1-0 and still looking for its footing.“It takes us 45 minutes to get going,” Wheddon said. “I mean we concede goals in the first half and then in the second half we turn it up a notch. We just can’t wait around for that to happen.”Syracuse was often stuck either forcing the ball into difficult windows up the field or passing it back toward its own goal. Multiple times the sideline shouted and waved to move the ball in the other direction.Pack said Syracuse didn’t play “clean.” Hesitant passes, poor shot selection and soft balls led to turnovers and lack of possession. At halftime, she said the coaches called the execution “inexcusable.”“We challenged them to change it and make things better and connect passes, which I thought they did in the second half,” Wheddon said. “The problem is, you go down one-nil in the first half and you’re chasing the game.”SU’s back line buckled down in the second half. Brosnan came up with two saves and punched away a corner kick in a defensive stand in the 70th minute. And with under 15 minutes remaining, Alana O’Neill slid in to block a Louisville counter attack.Still, it was another slow start that Syracuse couldn’t overcome.“It’s not that we don’t have the ability,” Wheddon said. “It’s just, maybe we need to try something different in the warm-up or give them a pot of coffee or something before they go out in the first half, I don’t know.” Comments
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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Rachel Overfelt was an active fun-loving 8 years old in Wellington. But somewhere between her games of soccer and softball, she started to feel unusually tired.Her mother Debbie Overfelt started to get worried and for good reason. It was soon discovered that Rachel had what is known as a bilateral reflux disorder and it was destroying her kidneys.Rachel OverfeltToday, Rachel is 25. She has suffered a stroke and is now pretty much bed ridden. She lives with her grandparents in Tulsa, who are near a clinic. Her kidneys are shutting down. And she is need of a transplant.Without a full functioning transplanted kidney, Rachel could either live a life of dialysis hooked to a machine, or to die.On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sumner County residents can help with Rachelâ€™s medical expenses. Linda Metzen and Debbie Sisson are holding a Knights of Columbus fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a two taco, beans, rice and salsa dinner for $8. There will also be a silent and live auction and a bake sale. Currently, Metzen and Sisson need items for the fundraiser to auction. They also need baked items. Â It could mean anything, such as providing services. The money raised will go toward medicine taken for Rachelâ€™s post surgery treatment, provided she gets a kidney, and provided the surgery is a success.Donation items can be dropped off at Theurer’s or for more information call Sisson at 620-440-1282 or Debbie Overfelt at 620-326-1803.A medical fund has also been established at Panhandle Federal Bank to help with Rachel’s medical conditions.â€”â€”â€”The (un)luck of the draw We all live a life filled with lucky breaks and misfortunate circumstances that we have little to do with. But for Rachel, if there was a lottery of misfortune, she would be the unlucky winner.Rachel, a 2010 Wellington High School graduate, was born with reflux disorder – a hereditary disease.Ms. Overfelt had four children, a boy and three girls. All three girls were diagnosed withÂ reflux disorder. All three would have Reflux, but because the two younger girls were younger, the disorder was treated, before their kidneys had yet to be damaged.But for Rachel it was too late. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection at 8 years old. It was soon discovered that the urine was backing up into the kidney, causing an infection. Those were the functions of Reflux. Unfortunately, for Rachel, the disorder in her was bilateral meaning it was affecting both of her kidneys – not just one. A person can live a normal life with one damaged kidney.â€œWe went to see a Nephrologist specialist, and it was discovered the infections had damaged and scarred her kidneys, which, in turn caused her to have high blood pressure,â€ Debbie said. â€œHe also cautioned me that her kidneys would not grow along with the rest of her body and that as she grew into a womanâ€™s body her kidneys would not be able to handle a mature personâ€™s body. She would need a kidney transplant somedayâ€The condition was at least under control during her high school years, and she was doing fine, until a few months ago when Rachel suffered a stroke. It was determined the time was now to get a new kidney.Here is the wrinkle to the story. Kidneys are in short supply. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are over 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney.â€œTwenty-two people die everyday waiting for a donor,â€ Debbie said.The Overfelts have met with a kidney transplant board and she has been put on a waiting list. It is going to be a hard sell for Rachel because in order to find a kidney she is going to need to find one from someone who is under 35 years old. People that age donâ€™t usually want to give up one of their kidneys. It can either be a male or a female who is no longer bearing children.The review board then must determine if the recipient of a kidney is the best match. Rachel can get a kidney with Type A or Type O blood. Also, the donor has to have a body mass index that is similar to Rachelâ€™s.Then there is the post-surgery if Rachel is lucky enough to get the kidney. Debbie said getting a kidney from a live donor will result in her taking at minimum of six or seven anti-rejection medicines for the rest of her life. This is if she is lucky enough to get a kidney from a live donor. The number of medicines will skyrocket if the kidney comes from a cadaver donor.â€œThe cost in medicine alone would be $5,000 a month,â€ Debbie said. “And that is with a live donor.”In the meantime, the Overfelts wait. No matter how you slice it, life will not be easy for Rachel.â€œRachel continues to keep her sweet spirit in spite of not feeling well,â€ Debbie said. â€œHer appetite has been affected and she has lost weight.Â She doesn’t have the energy to even drive anymore.”But she wants a second chance at life, to feel healthy again, and to be able to do all the things a 25 year old should be able to do, Debbie said.â€œSo, as scary as all this is, she’s ready, and is waiting for a donor,â€ Debbie said.Anyone interested in donating a kidney, should call St. Francis Transplant Specialists at 918-502-3900.For more information on being a living donor visitÂ www.livingdonor.org or www.organdonor.gov.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
By John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Construction work for the most part will be completed by mid-August for a new facility to house the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education on the Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus.The new Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education.The center, which has been operating at the community college, 765 Newman Springs Road, for about 34 years, is gearing up for the completion of its new facility, which will be more than twice the size of its current 4,000 square feet location.The new space was built on the current site’s footprint where the center has been situated for the past 17 years, next to the college’s Bankier Library, Executive Director Dale Daniels said.The center was initially located in “a variety of tiny little spaces,” around the campus, Daniels said.Now, she said, “We’re going to have an opportunity to have a beautiful new space all our own.”Completion of the construction phase doesn’t mean the need for the money to pay for the building also has been completed. The center is conducting a capital campaign to raise the money to pay for the finished work.The campaign is working to raise $1.5 million. So far, Daniels said, the effort has raised approximately $900,000, which includes a generous donation from the college.The new facility will house the center’s programs and is expected to eventually include an expanded permanent exhibit focusing on local Holocaust and genocide survivors.The center houses the only Holocaust and genocide archive in the state, according to Daniels.This space “will really allow that to expand and meet the necessary requirements for temperature and humidity control,” thus ensuring the display’s safety and continued availability for generations to come, she said.That is at the core of what the center has been doing and looks to continue.“Our focus is to educate, inspire and empower the children and the teachers, and of course, the general community members to learn and take action for social justice and make changes in our local community and beyond,” Daniels said.The center’s educational programs, which serve about 15,000 students and educators annually on the campus and around Monmouth County, have covered such topics as the history of the Holocaust, contemporary slave trade and human trafficking around the world, human rights abuses, and, closer to home, ways to address and prevent bullying for youngsters in schools and adults in the workplace, according to Daniels.The center has worked with the prosecutors’ offices in Monmouth and Ocean counties on programs with youths who committed bias crimes. So far, of the 82 offenders who have participated in the program, “not one has returned to the system for a bias crime,” she said.The center was one of 140 organizations that participated in a worldwide dramatic presentation of The Laramie Project, about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, a victim of a hate crime.The National Endowment of the Arts recently awarded a $15,000 for the center to participate in the Big Read project. “The focus is to reach lapsed and reluctant readers” by having participants all read the same work. The work, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines will be read by middle- and high-school students from around the county and some 50 inmates, incarcerated in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.The themes of the novel “resonate with our mission of human dignity,” Daniels said. “That’s exactly what we’re about.”Sister Helen Prejean, the Roman Catholic nun made famous by the book and movie Dead Man Walking is scheduled to participate in the program and will appear at the college. Gaines is expected to be available at the center through videoconferencing.In honor of the new facility, the center is sponsoring a 5K run on Sunday, Aug. 26, to benefit the capital campaign. Local Holocaust survivors will be on hand for the event and take part in a ceremonial walk and awards ceremony.The event, like others the center conducts, will allow, “our children the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and genocide from their neighbors, friends,” Daniels said, The center is continuing to accept donations to underwrite construction and programs. Contributions can be sent to the college in care of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide.
STAYS IN VEGAS: Idle since running a close second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, Stays in Vegas is a four-time minor stakes winner who is two for two at a flat mile on turf. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip has one local work for her return, with the rest of her breezes coming at Hollendorfer’s Northern California base, Golden Gate Fields. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, or KMN Racing, LLC, or LNJ Foxwoods, Stays in Vegas has good tactical speed and will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Alex Solis. A first-out maiden winner of the 5 ½ Juan Gonzalez Stakes on July 4 at Pleasanton, Stays in Vegas can be expected come with her “A-race” in the Senorita. Race 9 (of 11) THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Fourth Watch–Joe Talamo–120Mirage–Alonso Quinonez–122Decked Out–Edwin Maldonado–124Kiss N Scat–Martin Garcia–122Sheeza Milky Way–Santiago Gonzalez–120Swift Lady–Rafael Bejarano–120Be Mine–Tyler Baze–120Compel–Brice Blanc–120Stays in Vegas–Alex Solis–122First live race post time on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Saturday for simulcast wagering at 7:15 a.m. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:40 p.m. PDT. SWIFT LADY: Aptly named, this Florida-bred will try two turns for the first time as she comes off an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Feb. 14. By the Awesome Again stallion Awesome of Course, she’s trained by Bob Baffert and although she was ridden to three consecutive wins by Martin Garcia, will be handled for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. Owned by Baoma Corporation, Swift Lady bids for her fourth consecutive win and is clearly the speed of the field.THE GRADE III SENORITA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–Recent stakes winners Decked Out and Swift Lady, along with classy comebacker Stays In Vegas, head a wide open field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita. DECKED OUT: Dead last early in a field of nine, Decked Out came running late to post an impressive 2 ¾ length victory in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes here on April 9. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Boss will cut back in distance a furlong and be handled for the first time by Edwin Maldonado, as “Team Desormeaux” is away in Kentucky to contest the Run for the Roses with Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator. Third to Swift Lady three starts back in the Sweet Life Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Decked Out will hope for a fast pace and clear sailing. Owned by Voss or Big Chief Racing, LLC, Decked Out closed good ground to be fifth, beaten one length in her only try at one mile on turf, the China Doll Stakes, here on March 12.