Call for government to free editor

first_img DjiboutiAfrica Receive email alerts July 17, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en December 9, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Djibouti Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City Help by sharing this information August 4, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called on the Djibouti government today to freeDaher Ahmed Farah, editor of the newspaper Le Renouveau and leader of theopposition Mouvement pour le renouveau démocratique (MRD – Movement forDemocratic Renewal), who has been in prison since 20 April. “As far as we know, he was simply exercising his right to inform thepublic, a right guaranteed under several international treaties signed byDjibouti,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard in aletter to state prosecutor Djama Souleimane Ali. “Nothing justifies hisprolonged detention,” he said, noting that the United Nations condemned thejailing of people for peacefully expressing their opinions.Ménard also deplored the new seizure of the paper today at newsstands andfrom other vendors, calling it “serious harassment.”A member of the group Lawyers Without Borders has agreed to defend Farahand will go to Djibouti in the next few days. Local lawyers will not touchthe case and the authorities have refused to release him on bail.When Farah was arrested, he was placed in solitary confinement at Gabodeprison and only his mother was allowed to visit him. He was not officiallycharged with any crime but some said the deputy head of the army, Gen.Zakaria Cheik Ibrahim, had filed a complaint against the paper after itcriticised him on 17 April for lacking “neutrality” and saying the army”must not take sides.”A few days later, special police went to Farah’s home and to MRDheadquarters without search warrants and seized seven typewriters, a photoenlarger, photocopier ink and all the newspaper’s archives. Farah has been jailed several times in recent years. He was mostly chargedwith violating the press law and given prison sentences or fined. On 15March this year, he was detained for a day and fined for “undermining armymorale.” La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says May 5, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for government to free editor News to go further Reporters Without Borders urged the state prosecutor to release oppositioneditor Daher Ahmed Farah, detained since 20 April, and announced that alawyer would soon go to Djibouti to defend him. It also deplored thegovernment’s seizure of the latest issue of his newspaper, Le Renouveau. Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked Organisation DjiboutiAfrica last_img read more

Utah Baseball Rallies for 5-4 Win Over Arizona

first_imgApril 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Rallies for 5-4 Win Over Arizona Robert Lovell Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Arizona, 5-4, to open a three-game series against the Wildcats on Friday, April 27.Down 4-0, Utah scored two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth en route to the win.DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., went 3-for-3 with a walk at the plate to lead Utah and scored two runs. Oliver Dunn went 2-for-3 on the night while Erick Migueles and Chandler Anderson each had two RBI.Tanner Thomas allowed four runs on six hits over six innings with five strikeouts for the win. Trenton Stoltz earned his fifth save of the year after throwing the final 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Josh Lapiana also made a brief appearance.Arizona (23-16, 6-10 Pac-12) scored three runs on three hits in the second and took a 4-0 lead with a run on two hits in the third.Utah (11-28, 5-11 Pac-12) began its comeback in the fourth inning after a leadoff triple from Keirsey who scored on a throwing error on the cutoff play. Dunn walked, stole a base and would score on an RBI single from Migueles to cut the lead to 4-2.The Utes took the lead in the sixth inning. Keirsey walked to lead off the inning and a double from Dunn put runners at the corners. Rykker Tom was hit by a pitch and Migueles sent in the first run of the inning on a bases-loaded walk. Anderson had the big hit of the inning, a two-RBI single to give Utah the lead.Although Arizona put runners on in the final three innings, reliever Stoltz held off the rally for his fifth save of the year.Utah and Arizona play game two of the series on Saturday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Smith’s Ballpark.last_img read more

Speech: Amanda Spielman at the Youth Sport Trust 2019 Conference

first_img You also found that nearly 40% of teachers said their PE provision had declined because core or eBacc subjects have been given additional time, with students taken out of timetabled PE for extra tuition in those subjects. Timetabled PE time is decreasing and the cuts get bigger as students get older. You found that at KS4, 38% of schools had reduced timetabled PE in the past 5 years and nearly a quarter had done so in the past year. By the time young people are sixth form, they’re doing barely half an hour a week. This chimes with our own two-year research programme on the curriculum, which was divided into 3 phases.In phase 1, we wanted to understand how schools were thinking about the curriculum. We did find many of them teaching to the test and teaching a narrowed curriculum in pursuit of league table outcomes, rather than thinking about the careful sequencing of a broad range of knowledge and skills. PE is likely to be a subject that’s been affected by that curriculum narrowing.Curricular thinkingIn phase 2 of our research, we chose schools that were invested in curriculum design and aimed to raise standards through the curriculum. We went to schools that had very different approaches, but we found some common factors relating to curriculum quality, including the importance of subjects as individual disciplines, and using assessment intelligently to shape curriculum design.In phase 3, we wanted to find out how we might inspect aspects of curriculum quality, including whether the factors we’d identified can apply across a much broader range of schools. We found that inspectors can indeed have professional, in-depth conversations about curriculum intent and implementation with school leaders and teachers across a broad range of schools. And crucially, we found that inspectors were able to make valid assessments of the quality of curriculum that a school is providing.We visited 33 primary schools, 29 secondaries and 2 special schools. Within each school, inspectors looked at 4 different subjects: one core (English, science or maths) and 3 foundation – arts, humanities, technology, PE or modern foreign languages.This allowed us to find out more broadly which subjects, if any, had more advanced curriculum thinking behind them. Inspectors also gave each school a banding. Only around a quarter of primary schools scored highly overall, as against over half of secondaries.For PE, of the 33 primary schools we visited, 7 out of 10 scored well on our scale. Of the 29 secondaries, two-thirds scored well. This means PE actually came out better than some other subjects, especially at primary: for example, we’ve recently published our findings on science curriculum, which in primary didn’t come out nearly as well. There is some good practice out there in PE and some work still to do.We also unpacked intent and implementation. Most of the schools that scored well for intent but not so well for implementation were primaries. It is not hard to see primaries, particularly small ones, being less able to put their plans into action. It is difficult in many areas to recruit the right teachers. In small primaries, it is asking a lot of teachers to teach across the range of subjects and even across year groups. Of course we’ll consider these challenges when making judgements on inspections.In contrast, those schools that scored much better for implementation than for intent were all secondaries. Again, it is not hard to see why that might be. Weaker central leadership and lack of whole-school curriculum vision are more easily made up for in some of the secondary schools, especially large ones, by strong heads of departments and strong specialist teaching.So in our new framework, we hope that judgements of quality of education and personal development will allow us to look more on broader and deeper subject content, at how well the curriculum is being thought through and sequenced, and what knowledge and skills children are acquiring.The curriculum research that we’ve been doing has had a PE strand. Last autumn we carried out 12 research visits looking specifically at PE and sport. This will feed into the development of some subject-specific training for inspectors.And with a proposed extra day for our shorter section 8 inspections, we should have more time to have those conversations that will really help us get underneath what’s happening.Primary PE and sport premiumWhat we don’t expect to be doing from September is checking a PE and sport premium plan and looking at its impact. I know this is a disappointment for some of you, but we simply don’t believe that the current approach is leading to improved PE and sporting outcomes. Inspection doesn’t have the greatest positive impact in schools when it’s about checklists or processes. Inspection drives real improvement where the inspection conversation really helps leaders think about the education they provide. As we have seen more widely with the use of data, checking only specific pieces of data or information encourages strange behaviour that is directed more towards compliance and hoop jumping, which can be at the expense of providing really good education.We would like to bring about a shift in thinking, moving to: “How effective is the intent, implementation and, where appropriate, impact of the PE curriculum?” rather than “how is the money being spent?”Attitudes to PE in secondary schoolsAnother piece of research I’d like to draw attention to is the 2015 Sport England survey. It’s sobering stuff. Their survey of older teenagers showed that a fifth of them hated or disliked PE at school. And that a bad experience at school can put children off physical activity for life – with girls more likely to dislike or hate PE.So it was heartening to hear Sport England announcing from than £13 million from the National Lottery to train secondary school teachers to teach PE and sport. That is a significant amount of investment in secondary school PE and I hope it will support children develop and maintain that love of sport that will carry them into healthy and active adult lives. Your own 2018 impact report showed that more than 80% of young people were not meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of more than 60 minutes of activity every day.This secondary teacher training will, I hope, do a great deal to raise the profile of PE and sport in school and to make it more appealing and inclusive. I applaud the work that you are doing here to help make this a reality.Obesity researchOur own research on obesity was published last July. I’m sure you’re familiar with the figures – according to the National Child Measurement Programme, almost a quarter of children in England are overweight or obese at the start of primary schools and it rises to over a third by the time children leave primary school. Obesity happens for complex reasons. Children are influenced by many factors and we don’t fully understand how these factors interact when it comes to individual children.What we did not find was that schools could have a direct and measurable impact on a child’s weight. There are too many factors beyond the school gate that make this impossible for them to control. Obesity is too complex and schools cannot do it alone. Schools cannot become a catch-all for everything that’s going wrong in society. That distracts them from their core purpose: educating children and getting the curriculum right.Our research also looked at what parents wanted – and as well as wanting more information on what their children were learning about at school, and what they were eating, parents wanted to see more time in the curriculum for PE. Obviously some of this can happen in after-school clubs, but a quarter of parents said their child couldn’t access all the clubs and activities they wanted, often because not enough spaces were available. Then there were some issues with cost or the school had not taken into account parents’ work and childcare patterns.Obviously some activities are more expensive. Not many primary schools have swimming pools, for example. But we found one activity pupils wanted to do more of was dodgeball, where all you need is some space. Many schools were really making the most of the school day for PE and offering the daily mile or purposeful play. But I think it’s fair to say many schools could do more to listen to parents about what they need to know about and what parents want for their children.Teacher confidence at teaching PE Good morning. I’m delighted to be joining you today. Thank you for inviting me.This morning I’m going to talk about the new Ofsted inspection framework that we’re consulting on, and what that might mean for PE and sport. As well as some of the research that lies underneath that framework, and how it links with the Youth Sports Trust’s own research on what’s happening to PE in schools.Exercise and sports are hugely important for children. That should go without saying. Schools and colleges have a vital role to play in inspiring the next generation to lead healthy, active lives and to build resilience. But it’s more than that. The pursuit of sporting excellence is a fine thing in itself. While there isn’t a single definition of excelling, a good PE education can take each child down different pathways to find what they’re really good at. And on a bigger scale, it can take the whole of humanity forward.But of course, schools are not a silver bullet. The responsibility for making sure children have ample opportunities to exercise and to live healthy lives cannot rest just with schools: a point I made when I published obesity research and reiterated in my annual report. By the way, when I say schools, I do use that as shorthand for all the different providers we inspect – from nurseries to schools to colleges – but I’ll say schools for the sake of brevity.Inspection of PE and sportsGiven that importance, how do our inspectors currently look at PE and sport? I know that some of you may have concerns that they haven’t always had the focus they deserve, especially the shorter Section 8 inspections. Ultimately this goes back to a government decision back in 2004 to simplify inspection, to take it away from being a subject-by-subject review and to focus inspection on the core subjects. Short inspections by their nature can’t provide a full review of all aspects of school life, and have to be driven by lines of enquiry.That being said, many of you will know that under our current common inspection framework, before making a final judgement on overall effectiveness, one of the things we look at is the cultural development of pupils and, within this, their willingness to take part in and respond positively to musical, cultural and of course sporting opportunities.And within our leadership and management judgement, we also look at a school’s extra-curricular opportunities.And we look at the use of the primary PE and sport premium and consider its impact on pupil outcomes, and we look at how well primary school governors hold schools to account for this.These areas give us some insight into the quality of physical education and school sport, but it is fair to say that, as with quite a few other aspects of the curriculum, PE and sport has tended to play second fiddle to the areas with more readily available performance data. Six weeks ago we published a consultation on our new draft framework, which I hope you’ve seen. We’re now halfway through the consultation, which runs until 5 April. This really is a proper listening exercise, so I would encourage you all to respond. We want your collective wisdom and expertise to help us make what I think are already a strong set of proposals even better. And we want to start working with this in September. And we also picked up that some schools, especially primaries, need to do more to help their teachers get more confident and skilled at teaching PE. Coaches are great – but we worry that some schools have become over-reliant on them and I’m sure you’re concerned about this too.Coaches can add value when used in the right way, but we must not forget the importance of teacher training in primary schools. This is something that we at Ofsted will look into further when we reconsider our approach to inspecting initial teacher training. Is there enough time devoted to PE training?So to finish, I’d like to reiterate the importance of PE and sports in schools for helping children lead healthy lives, building their resilience, making them strong, and giving them a lifelong love of being active and simply the pleasure of excelling. I hope that our new framework will allow us to look more at the brilliant work that PE teachers and sports coaches do across the country, and that our focus on the curriculum will bring PE and sport the greater focus that it deserves. Please do join in with our consultation.Thank you.center_img And PE teachers feel sport needs to be more valued by school leaders, parents and young people for what it offers. Read the education inspection framework consultation and have your say by 5 April 2019. Rebalancing inspection to focus on substanceOur new framework, which I’ve described as an evolution rather than a revolution, aims to tilt the focus of our inspections slightly away from performance data and more towards the real substance of education, seen through the lens of the curriculum. In this way, we hope to get back to discussing not just the results a school or college has achieved but how they have achieved them. We want to make sure inspections are professional dialogues between school leaders and inspectors about what matters to children. What are they being taught and how? How are they being set up to succeed in the next stage of their lives?Now don’t get me wrong – when data is used well it’s a very good thing. And test and exam results matter enormously. You can’t tell teenagers that their GCSEs don’t matter, and I wouldn’t want to tell parents that we’re not interested in how well their 11-year-olds do in reading tests. But when the balance tips too far toward data, problems emerge.Over the past 2 years, we’ve been researching the curriculum and our findings have highlighted some of these problems. When data is allowed to overtake substance, it’s the curriculum that suffers. It gets squeezed and narrowed. Teachers are incentivised to teach to the test. And it’s children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have fewer opportunities generally for learning outside school, who most lose out.So a key principle of the new framework is to shift inspection back to where it belongs – complementing published performance data, rather than putting pressure on providers to deliver ever higher numbers. Because it matters how results are achieved. Achieved in the right way, they reflect a great education. Achieved in the wrong way, they can give a false sense of assurance that children have achieved and can move on. Leaving them ill-prepared for the next stage of their lives – any employer or university will tell you that.So the new framework is about the substance of education – making sure that children get to grips with mathematical concepts, master the art of passing on the football pitch, learn why the world is as it is, harness the beauty and power of the English language, develop their front crawl and learn to dance. If you take care of teaching a broad and balanced curriculum and teaching it well, the test results and performance table outcomes should take care of themselves.New quality of education judgementSo, let’s unpack that a little. The new framework, with its focus on a rich and balanced curriculum should give a greater platform to individual subjects, such as PE and sport, and allow more time for conversations about subjects during inspections. But how will this work in practice?There isn’t and there won’t be an Ofsted curriculum. The research that we published last year demonstrates that we can recognise and evaluate a range of different curriculum approaches in a way that’s fair.And of course a high-quality education is made up of many parts, not just a good curriculum. We distinguish the curriculum – what is taught – and pedagogy, which is how the curriculum is taught. It is also distinct from assessment, which is about whether learners are learning or have learned the intended curriculum.So we will approach the curriculum in 3 ways. First, we’ll consider the framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage: the curriculum intent.Secondly, we’ll consider the translation of that framework in practice and the contribution that teaching makes to the intended curriculum: the implementation.And thirdly, we’ll look at the evaluation of the knowledge and skills that students have gained across the curriculum and the destinations that they go on to next: the impact.We propose a new quality of education judgement to capture the most important aspects of curriculum intent, implementation and impact. The judgement still recognises the importance of outcomes, but in the context of how they are achieved.Inspectors will take a rounded view of the quality of education that all children get across the whole range, including every kind of advantage and disadvantage.We’ll continue to look at teaching, assessment, attainment and progress, much as we do now, but through the lens of the curriculum implementation and impact.We won’t grade intent, implementation and impact separately, individually. Instead, inspectors will reach a single graded judgement for the quality of education, drawing on the totality of the evidence they have gathered, using their professional judgement.And it will be important to consider intent, implementation and impact in the context of physical education. As for, all other subjects, PE subject leads will need to think about their curriculum. The most fundamental question of all is:What do you want pupils to know and to be able to do?And then, are there any physical competencies that pupils need to get better at, such as balance, agility and co-ordination? If so, how will we help them to improve?How do you make sure that pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time? Are activities chosen inclusive and enjoyable?How do you make sure that pupils can compete in an enjoyable and inclusive way? And how do you make sure that PE is helping all children to be fit and active?The national curriculum sets out the content that must be covered in maintained schools and is a benchmark for the breadth and ambition of the curricula that academies devise. The new handbook makes clear that inspectors will have this in mind.There are of course other questions to ask and you are the experts in this area and know how to design a curriculum to meet the needs of the pupils in your community. I know that Matt Meckin HMI, our national lead for PE and sport, has been working closely with the Youth Sports Trust to make sure that we increase our inspectors’ familiarity with these questions.Personal development judgementAnd for another of our judgements, personal development, we want to look at how the curriculum helps pupils to develop in different ways, moving beyond the core timetable. We’ll look at schools’ intent, and the way this translates into practice. What we won’t do here is to second guess the impact of the parts of the curriculum angled towards personal development. A lot of the likely value that schools add here will only be realised in pupils’ lives many years down the road. No school and certainly no inspector can definitively say from an inspection what has been achieved in this area.I am sure, for example, that all of you put on a range of extra-curricular sporting activities and enrichment. These are vital for pupils. But we can’t measure on inspection whether these opportunities have encouraged pupils to lead healthy and active adult lives.While a school has its children for 6 or 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, these same young people are influenced by their home environment and their community. Schools can teach in ways that build children’s confidence and resilience, but they can’t determine how well they draw on this. Schools can teach young people sports but as I say, the impact may not be seen for years. Which is why I think calls to use average pupil Body Mass Index, or even ‘performance on the bleep test’ in coming to our judgement probably don’t make sense.We are instead being careful to ask the inspection question in the right way. A key criterion in the proposed personal development judgement is that:The curriculum and the school’s wider work support pupils to develop resilience, confidence and independence and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.So, on inspection, inspectors will look to see what the school does to help pupils keep physically and mentally healthy and maintain an active lifestyle. Are pupils getting ample opportunities to be active during the school day and through extra-curricular activities? These are the kinds of conversations we’ll be having, and for evidence, we’ll look, for example, at the range, quality and take-up of extra-curricular activities offered.Narrowing of curriculumI’ve talked a little about the narrowing of the curriculum. This links with research you published a year ago.Your research in secondary schools found that:last_img read more

Vermont Law School launches nation’s first online master’s degree in environmental law

first_imgVermont Law School,Vermont Law School, the nation’s premier environmental law and policy school, will launch two online degree programs on May 16, including the first online master’s degree program in environmental law in the United States.The online format is designed to deliver a robust educational experience that is flexible and accessible for professionals who need to continue working while completing their degree. Students enrolled in the inaugural online Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) and the online LLM in Environmental Law, for post-JD attorneys, will develop the expertise to address the world’s increasingly complex environmental issues.After several years of research that included online pilot courses, VLS decided to embrace distance learning to serve the fastest-growing population of graduate students in the United States. Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the VLS Environmental Law Center (ELC), said distance learning provides the best avenue for the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school to reach individuals who want expertise and resources in environmental law and policy but who can’t venture to South Royalton to take classes or participate in degree programs.  ‘By providing a platform for students to explore environmental law and policy with our world-class faculty at their own pace and within their own constraints, we will extend Vermont Law School’s unique brand of excellent environmental legal training and commitment to public well-being to a vast array of communities and to the world,’ Mihaly said. Vermont Law School, which has been at the forefront of environmental law and policy since 1978, has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report 14 times since their specialty rankings began in 1991.  VLS’s bold venture will lead nonprofit, mission-driven law schools in the development of the appropriate standards for distance education, according to Associate Professor Rebecca Purdom, director of distance learning.  ‘Other institutions are watching us, looking to our example as the way to offer responsible, effective and valued legal education in the 21st century,’ she said. ‘VLS will set the standard for a new kind of distance education.’last_img read more

The first Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations will be held in Vukovar

first_imgOn Friday, December 22, at the press conference held in Zagreb, in the Croatian House “Mother’s Story”, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST “Which will be held in Vukovar, from 3 to 6 May 2018.The festival was presented in anticipation of the beginning of the new year, 2018, which is also the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and its uniqueness is that it is the first Croatian festival to present protected Croatian intangible cultural heritage located on the national and UNESCO. list, with the most attractive tourist events, attractions and destinations from all over Croatia.”We are especially glad that our Vukovar will host this, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations. Vukovar-Srijem County is the national winner of the European Destination of Excellence with the project Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok, and with the fact that our city and county is especially rich in tourist facilities, we are pleased to host our colleagues, tourism workers and many guests from all over. parts of Croatia. With this project we confirm that Vukovar is a city of togetherness, positive energy and with this message we start preparing for the festivaland “, said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, at the presentation. Representatives of the City of Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County agreed that this festival is of great value for the city of Vukovar, which will become a real tourist center from 3 to 6 May 2018, and the number of events that apply for presentation within the 1st Festival intangible cultural heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST”, is growing day by day.Zvonimir’s Days, Knin, International Lace Festival, Pag, Krk Fair from Krk, Porcijunkulovo, Čakovec, Kupske noći, Sisak, Dalmatian Klapa Festival, Omiš, Ogulin Fairy Tale Festival, Ogulin, Thrill blues Festival, Trilj, Kaj will be presented in Vukovar. our ancestors, Vrbovec, Đakovo embroideries and many other events ate, and the participation of Croatian events from the diaspora was announced.last_img read more

Most customers yet to receive cash refunds for canceled flights

first_imgHowever, she added that travel agents have had difficulties in assisting customers’ cash refund requests as airlines has scrapped their auto-refund scheme, hence prolonging the process, as it requires the agents to manually follow-up the requests.With the auto-refund scheme, airlines usually automatically approved the refund request and transfer the money to travel agents within two to three weeks. However, airlines scrapped the system in March this year.The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has severely battered the travel industry, including airlines, as travel demand slowed and operational costs burden the companies. Airlines have also been forced to cancel flights due to travel restrictions to contain the virus.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates a 49 percent drop in passenger numbers and an $8.2 billion drop in revenue for the Indonesian airline industry this year, compared to last year. Topics : Airlines have yet to approve most passengers’ requests for cash refunds of cancelled international flights following the massive number of cancellations amid the pandemic, the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (Astindo) has stated.From Rp 2.45 trillion (US$173.2 million) worth of cash refunds requested for cancelled international flights issued between January to February this year, only Rp 852 billion have been refunded so far, according to Astindo data collected from its members.“This is only for international flights, not to mention domestic flights,” Astindo secretary-general Pauline Soeharno told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, adding that customers still preferred cash refunds over travel vouchers.center_img Astindo travel agents have also reported a 90 percent drop in sales since the pandemic started.The refunding problem also plagues cancelled domestic flights, as travel agents are unable to help by refunding customers from their internal cash due to slumping sales.Airlines have only provided refunds in the form of credits and deposits for future booking to travel agents, which cannot be cashed out.Aviation observer Gerry Soejatman said on Thursday that both airlines and travel agents are in the middle of an unfortunate situation at the moment.“Through travel vouchers, airlines are trying to uphold consumer rights without making themselves bankrupt. If the airline goes bankrupt, the travel agent will also get affected and customers will be upset,” he said. He encouraged customers to use the travel vouchers option for the refunds, considering the current situation.“The best middle ground now is travel voucher as a form of refund,” Gerry said.IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement on April 3 that passengers had the right to get their money, as they had spent money on a service that could not be delivered.However, during this difficult time, airlines were facing an imminent depletion of cash. Providing vouchers as a refund that could be used for future travel would give the industry “vital time to breathe” and eventually survive the crisis, he said.last_img read more

Ray Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate

first_imgRay Parlour picks Dennis Bergkamp over Thierry Henry as his best ever Arsenal teammate Comment Advertisement Parlour played alongside two of the Premier League’s greatest forwards (Pictures: Sky Sports & Getty)Ray Parlour has chosen Dennis Bergkamp above the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams as the best player he ever played alongside at Arsenal.The former England midfielder spent 12 years at the north London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in that time.Parlour was surrounded by some of the greatest players to have graced the English game, including feared forwards Henry and Bergkamp who formed the front two of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2003-04.French World Cup winner Henry has scored the sixth-most goals in Premier League history, while Bergkamp was famed for his velvet touch and immaculate technique.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd when asked who came out on top out of all of his Gunners teammates, Parlour told Sky Sports’ The Football Show: ‘The best player, it’s got to go down to two players, it’s either Henry or Dennis Bergkamp.‘Henry was amazing, what he achieved at Arsenal. When he first turned up we thought he couldn’t hit a barn door, seven games, scoring no goals, we said we can’t win the league with Thierry. We’d just lost Nicolas Anelka who was a brilliant player. Advertisement Bergkamp earned himself a statue outside the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)‘But I’d have to pick Dennis [over Henry] slightly, because he changed the attitude a lot with the British players as well. ‘He first come in in 1996, his training methods, the professionalism of him was first class, he used to stay behind in training, practice on his own. ‘We were all looking at him like wait a minute, shouldn’t we be doing a bit more practicing. I think he influenced a lot, but what a special player as well. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Dennis was the one who would always be at the right place at the right time, if you were playing with him as well and he always read your mind. ‘If I was in a situation where I’ve only got one pass, Dennis would read that and he’d be tucking off of the centre-half and there he was picking the ball up in a dangerous area.‘So I think Dennis was a cut above everyone at that time, but Thierry would go very, very close to being the best as well.’MORE: How Jack Wilshere reacted to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie to Manchester UnitedMORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell three Arsenal centre-halves this summer, including Rob HoldingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shareslast_img read more

Jury finds Calibishie man guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault

first_imgLocalNews Jury finds Calibishie man guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault by: – June 12, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA nine member jury has found Frederick George guilty of attempted rape and indecent assault of a nineteen year old female on Tuesday. George was arrested in December of 2010 for attempting to rape and indecently assault the nineteen year old female who will be called “A” hereinafter as her name cannot be published.According to information revealed in Court, “A” was on her way to bathe in a “souce” [creek] where residents of the village usually bathe on Sunday 13th December, 2010 when she met the George coming up from the creek.“A” testified that George told her; “I swef” to which she responded, “I good where I am” but he wrestled with her, pushed her to the ground and tried to rape her.She explained further that she “bawled” as he “pushed his hand in her underwear” and was able to kick him which caused him to leave her alone.Bernard Paul, who heard screaming coming from the area of the creek while he was at the home of her neighbour, Etta Delsol, went to inquire what was going on.He testified that he met “A” lying on her back with only her underwear facing the mountains and screaming. He assisted her in gathering her items and walked up with her to Etta Delsol’s home where she telephoned her mother and waited for her.“A” and her mother made a report to the police and visited the doctor at the Marigot Hospital on 14th December, 2010.When police officer Andrew went to the defendant to inquire from him as to the allegation made by “A” he told him; “Yes I want to tell you something. I do not want to go to Court; I will negotiate with them in front of the police. I am sorry; I know them they are my neighbours”.In his unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock on Tuesday, George told the Court; “We [“A”] were best friends, we were good friends; she used to come at my home, eat and drink. I used to work for her and she owed me $150.00. We make a bargain for the money she couldn’t pay me. We went down to the river, I went first and she came after. Your honour, I never touch …[“A”], I never wrestle with her. The officer who arrested me told me to shut up so I couldn’t say anything to ….[“A”]”.After two hours of deliberation; the six females, two males jury found George guilty of both charges.He has been remanded at the State’s prison awaiting sentencing which has been scheduled for July 6th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News 22 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Angels non-tender catcher Kevan Smith

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels non-tendered catcher Kevan Smith, leaving them likely in the market for another catcher this winter.The only two catchers left on the 40-man roster are Max Stassi, who might not be ready for Opening Day after hip surgery, and Anthony Bemboom.The Angels tendered their remaining eight arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Andrew Heaney, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian and Noé Ramírez, infielder Tommy La Stella, outfielder Brian Goodwin.Smith was projected to make about $1.3 million in 2020. The 31-year-old hit .251 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 191 at-bats last year. He missed time with a concussion and a hand injury. The list of available free agent catchers includes Robinson Chirinos, Jason Castro and Martín Maldonado. Maldonado, a former Angel, could be an attractive target as part of the Angels’ plan to lure free agent Gerrit Cole. Maldonado was Cole’s personal catcher during their two months together with the Houston Astros.Related Articlescenter_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

For Lakers teammates, it’s all about sharing court with Lonzo Ball

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The way Julius was rolling to the basket in the fourth quarter (on Sunday),” Walton said, “I’d like to get them some minutes together. You could go down the line. … I’d like to keep Brook and Lonzo in together.”The problem with achieving all of those wishes should by now be obvious.“A lot of those guys are overlapping positions,” Walton lamented, “and we’re not going to play Lonzo 48 minutes.”Corey Brewer has often compared playing with Ball to his days alongside Andre Miller in Denver and Jason Kidd in Dallas.“He makes the game easier for you,” Brewer said. “When you’ve got a guy like that who’s going to get you the ball in the right spots, the game comes easy so you want to play with him.” LOS ANGELES — The close bond shared by Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball is on display during pregame banter in front of their side-by-side lockers and half-court shooting contests at practice. They live only a mile apart in Marina del Rey, though Kuzma joked Wednesday that the pair had not yet carpooled to practice.“He don’t want to pick me up,” Kuzma said. “He usually has a full car at practice. Brings the entourage.”As Kuzma teased, Ball rolled his eyes.The pair’s chemistry is reflected on the floor, as well. Coach Luke Walton said before the Lakers’ game against Washington that he is searching for opportunities to pair the pals on the floor more often. Although, the more he looked at that, he realized that was true of everyone.center_img Kuzma said he and Ball click so well on the floor because they are both comfortable playing fast.“He likes to push the pace on offense in transition,” Kuzma said. “I’m usually one of the first ones down the floor, (it leads to) just easy baskets like that. We’ve had good chemistry since summer league, just playing with each other.”The 27th pick in June’s draft, acquired along with Brook Lopez in the D’Angelo Russell deal, Kuzma has looked comfortable regardless of who he shares the floor with. In his first three games, he averaged 14.7 points while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor.In some ways, he has been surprised by his own NBA success, saying it has been “easier than what I thought, yes, but at the same time it’s hard, too.”“I’m a pretty smart basketball player,” said Kuzma, who played three years of college at Utah. “I pick up on things easily, but you’re still playing against the best players in the world and you have to guard those guys.”THE RETURN OF BRYANTThe Lakers on Wednesday assigned rookie Thomas Bryant to their G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. A few hours later, they called him back.Expect that to happen frequently this season, as the team tries to get the center from the University of Indiana practice time in the NBA Gatorade League and with Walton’s Lakers.“The G-League is great for this reason,” Walton said. “He has been great in practice. He brings energy. He’s a good young player. But we’ve got three games in four nights. And again next week. There’s just not a ton of practice time.”Walton said Bryant, who has not appeared in a regular-season game, needs to be playing every day. On Wednesday, he participated in morning shootaround with the Lakers, practiced with the South Bay affiliate, and was back for tipoff against the Wizards.“It’s just getting those guys as much development as possible because there’s not minutes in the rotation for them,” Walton said. “It allows them to keep growing as players.”last_img read more