International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan

first_img Receive email alerts to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown News RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa News News October 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordancenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests International Press InstituteActive Watch – Media Monitoring AgencyAfrica Freedom of Information CentreArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association for Freedom of Thought and ExpressionBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationFoundation for Press FreedomFreedom HouseI’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in IsraelIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders JordanMiddle East – North Africa News The following letter was sent to King Abdullah II, urging an end to restrictions on websites and amendments to the country’s media laws: June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information His Majesty King Abdullah IIThe Royal PalaceAmman, Jordancc: His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister7 October 2013International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in JordanYour Majesty,We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the continued restrictions placed on dozens of news websites in Jordan and provisions in the Press and Publications Law that enable the government to block Internet news media.According to the information available to us, nearly 300 websites have been affected by the restrictions that were imposed on 1 June 2013 by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and many continue to be blocked to users within Jordan. We consider these moves by government authorities to prevent the distribution of news and information to be out of line with internationally accepted press freedom standards and practices. They also contravene Jordan’s longstanding commitment, under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the national Constitution, to respect freedom of expression and access to information. Many Jordanians believe these restrictions are in violation of the principles of press freedom and guarantees made in the Jordanian Constitution.Despite the commitments made by high-level representatives of the Jordanian government during the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, which was held in Amman in May, and promises they made during an emergency press freedom mission by representatives of several of our organisations, including ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and IPI, there is little evidence that your government is taking any steps to redress the restrictions placed on information sites. No draft amended law has been discussed by the government and no attempt has been made to communicate with affected media and civil society to discuss possible solutions.To end any doubt about Jordan’s commitments to press freedom and a pluralistic media environment, we urge your government to immediately end the blockage of news websites within and outside Jordan. Furthermore, we urge the government to amend provisions of the Press and Publications Law that require the licensing of all news websites.By reversing policies that effectively silence independent voices of information Your Majesty would send a strong message that Jordan respects its international commitments to freedom of information and expression, and would underscore your ministers’ stated commitment to press freedom in the country.We thank you for your personal attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,last_img read more

World’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in…

first_img TAGScollectionhobbymodel aircraft displayShannonShannon airport Previous articleNew jobs to come from expansion at Rigid ContainersNext articleESB partnership to transform Shannon into low carbon airport Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] WhatsApp NewsCommunityVideoWorld’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in ShannonBy Cian Reinhardt – July 3, 2018 5896 Facebook Twitter Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Linkedin Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding The world’s largest collection of model aircraft has gone on permanent show in the most appropriate home possible for it – the very airport where the obsession began for a collector to purchase 1,500 plus specialist diecast models.Farranshone, Limerick man Michael Kelly (67) has put his incredible aircraft collection on view in Shannon over six decades after his preoccupation with aircraft as a young boy began there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The collection, which the retired fitter/plumber began assembling from his mid-teens and spent €25,000 each year on at its peak, outgrew his old farmhouse home just 400m from the River Shannon but has found a new one at Shannon Airport. It will be officially opened in the autumn but is already on display and getting huge attention from passengers as they marvel at the vastness and uniqueness of the permanent exhibition.The collection, which is housed in display units in a dedicated gallery area just off the departures lounge, includes every popular aircraft to have flown as well as many lesser well known, right up to modern day versions.All aircraft are 1:200 in scale and among the better known ones are a range of Concordes that perfected take-off ability at Shannon; the Sunderland aircraft owned by Al Capone from the 1930s; the world’s largest aircraft to fly commercially, the Antonov, which has also transited Shannon; the largest aircraft never to fly, the Spruce Goose of the Hughes Aircraft Company owned by ‘the Aviator’, Howard Hughes; the first Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft; the full Aer Lingus collection from its beginnings and much, much more.For aviation enthusiasts there’s also the likes of Michael’s own favourite, the VC 10, an aircraft that captivated imaginations when it came out in the 1960s; the Russian Ilyushin 62, which hubbed in Shannon, and Yaks;  the Hercules, Lockheed Electra and TriStar; and the British royal’s ‘Queen’s Flight’ BAE 146.Explaining the long journey that led to the collection, Michael recalled:  “It started back when I was a little boy. My Dad, God rest him, used to bring me to Shannon Airport. When I saw aircraft I just fell in love with them. Whatever was between the airplanes and I, it was just magic.“I’d be always talking about airplanes. I never stopped babbling on at home about them. I’d be at home playing with my ball and I might be lucky enough to hear a Viscount in the sky and, of course, that would blow my mind. And I do everything, I’d nearly try pull back the clouds to see them.”The young boy’s early infatuation with aviation never abated and, with no model aircraft shop available in Ireland, he made his first trip to the UK when he was 16.“Dad gave me the money to go to this lovely man in Wales. That was the beginning of my real journey. He (model aircraft dealer) had so many beautiful planes and I was amazed. He said to me, ‘you’re very brave little boy to come here, I’ll send the planes onto Ireland and your dad can pay me when he has the money’. That was the beginning.”However, it was when Michael was put in touch with a world-wide, exclusive dealer of model aircraft based out of a hotel at Heathrow Airport that his pursuit really took off.  “I was told, if you get in with this guy, he will get you anything.  So, I headed over to this man, Nigel Milton Tompkins, with £10,000 Irish punts at the time in my pocket in ‘84.  It was huge money that I had saved, mad money.  But I was working hard and I was making money.“I took 17 planes on the day.  That’s how I kind of broke the mould. I was taken under the wing completely within a few visits. I was able to hit Heathrow then, at least once every six weeks every time. I had this airport (Shannon) wore out. Over the period of time when I look back on my accounts I would have spent about €25,000 a year, over 20 years. I spent a luxury house on it.  I live in an old restored farmhouse in Limerick city and we built a room then off the house, 65ft long, to put all my models out there on a display.”More and more people heard about what he had assembled and, ultimately, the reality dawned that it was far too important a collection not to be public.  A quick meeting with Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Operations and an agreement was reached to relocate it to a designated gallery area airside, just off the departures lounge.Said Niall:  “I’d heard from colleagues about this collection in a house in Limerick and, of course, about Michael and was advised to go see it.  When you walked in through the front door, there was planes left of me, there was planes right of me, there was planes in front of me. They were everywhere. It was an aviation-enthusiast’s heaven.“Over a number of engagements with Michael we discussed what could be done.  It’s a wonderful collection and deserves to be seen by the public. We were only happy that we could bring it here to Shannon with his goodwill.”The Shannon Operations Director said Michael’s passion for his aircraft is infectious.  “Once you meet Michael his enthusiasm, his knowledge of all these planes comes across instantly. He knows every aircraft type, has all the history behind where these aircraft were, where they were flown, who they’ve flown.  This is the world’s largest diecast model collection in the world.  We’re just delighted, with Michael’s goodwill, that it’s based here now in Shannon.”The gallery is, he explained, the latest manifestation of the extra mile Shannon goes to in order to make the airport customer friendly.  “Shannon is more than an airport and one thing we are quite strong in Shannon is what you do with your time when you’re here with us. We are working all the time on become as stress-free as possible. We’re the first European airport to have a sensory room in place, we have a unique historical picture collection here of the famous people who came through this airport.  We want Shannon to be a place where people can spend time effortlessly.”Looking back on his journey, Michael said: “I don’t regret a bit of it. It was a very hard journey that I absolutely adored. No regrets. I’m chuffed that they’re in Shannon now. It’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned now. I feel now personally that it’s a great achievement.” Print Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Morgan and Bopara rescue England

first_img Press Association Eoin Morgan hit a superb century against his native Ireland to ensure his adopted country England avoided embarrassment in the RSA Challenge one-day international. When Tim Murtagh then took three early England wickets, Ireland’s hopes of repeating their famous 2011 World Cup win over their neighbours were high. But although the hosts continued to look much sharper in the field than under-strength England had done, the experience of Morgan and Bopara – making amends for falling short in the Champions Trophy final in June and reaching his highest ODI score – shone through. Morgan ended unbeaten on 124 after hitting eight fours and four sixes and Bopara finished in a hurry, reaching 101 after 10 fours and five sixes. It was a world record fifth-wicket partnership in one-day international cricket. Despite the flat finish, it was still a momentous occasion for Irish cricket with a near-capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators being fully entertained. There had been suggestions the Irish had been slighted by England’s decision to rest a number of star names after their Ashes summer, and irritated by the selections of Morgan and Rankin. But the home team’s batting performance was excellent, with Porterfield leading from the front with his 142-ball 112, his sixth ODI hundred. Overcoming his poor form for Warwickshire this summer, he struck 14 fours and a six before falling to Rankin, who was the only one of England’s three debutants to shine. It was not a day for another making his first ODI appearance, Michael Carberry, to remember. The Hampshire batsman dropped two regulation catches in the deep, including one off Porterfield on 85, and then fell early in the reply. Rankin overcame an initially wayward start – his second delivery went for five wides – to finish with four for 46. He had Peter Stirling caught off the edge by the third debutant, Gary Ballance, at second slip and then forced former England batsman Ed Joyce back to dislodge a bail with his foot. That double strike reduced the hosts to 36 for two but Porterfield began to repair the damage in a 59-run partnership with fellow left-hander Niall O’Brien for the third wicket. Off-spinner James Tredwell, with two for 35, caused some problems and was unlucky when O’Brien skied him to Carberry at deep midwicket and saw the chance put down. O’Brien then flashed narrowly wide of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, a miss compounded by Balance’s comical failure to prevent a four. His luck finally ran out when Tredwell nipped one back through his defences to bowl him for 26. Tredwell followed up by bringing one back the other way into right-hander Gary Wilson to win a leg before decision, although replays suggested the wicketkeeper-batsman was unlucky. Kevin O’Brien was unable to build on a promising start and his slightly mistimed pull off Bopara was brilliantly caught by Morgan. Porterfield had a scare when he nicked one straight past Ballance at slip and his innings should have ended 15 short of three figures when the hapless Carberry dropped another catch. Carberry, by then a figure of fun for the crowd, made an unimpressive entry into the attack, going for 12 off his one over with Porterfield particularly keen to get stuck in as he approached his hundred. He reached the landmark off 131 balls with a pulled six off Rankin. Rankin hit back to bowl his county colleague in the 46th over and then trapped John Mooney lbw for 27 four balls later. That briefly slowed Ireland’s momentum but Max Sorensen took up the challenge, clubbing an unbeaten 24, with two sixes, in the closing overs as the hosts finished on 269 for seven. England’s reply began poorly as Carberry’s dismal day continued when he was trapped leg before by Trent Johnston for 10 in the fourth over. Luke Wright had a lucky escape when Murtagh had a strong lbw appeal turned down. The reprieve was only temporary as Murtagh forced Wright to chop onto his own stumps in the ninth over. Two balls later Ballance was unable to get his bat out of the way of a ball he attempted to leave and was caught behind. James Taylor looked composed for his 25 but his dismissal, clean bowled by Murtagh in the 15th over, left England in trouble. Yet there was to be no stopping Morgan and Bopara, who began slowly but eventually finished with a flourish. Morgan brought up his century with a six, and after being dropped on the boundary by Niall O’Brien he finished the job with another maximum. Ravi Bopara also cracked a rapid hundred, his first in an ODI, in a superb unbroken 226-run stand with Morgan as England recovered from 48 for four to win in Malahide by six wickets with seven overs to spare. Ireland’s score of 269 for seven had been based around a fine century by their captain William Porterfield, who eventually became one of four victims for another of England’s Irishmen, Boyd Rankin. last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse faces familiar foes this weekend

first_imgJunior attacker Izzy McMahon was all over the field against Hofstra, scoring 2 goals and contributing an assist. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) The Trojans are heading to San Diego State this weekend to face the Aztecs on Friday. Following the match, USC will return home Sunday to compete against Jacksonville University. The weekend’s back-to-back matches follow the Trojans’ fourth consecutive winning season-opener with a victory over Hofstra University last weekend. Following this triumph, USC ranks No. 21 in the country. The Trojans are hopeful that they can continue their winning streak against the Aztecs this weekend. USC faced San Diego State once last year, emerging with a 17-7 victory in a late-season matchup at McAlister Field. Attacker Izzy McMahon, then a sophomore, scored an impressive 4 goals and added an assist for good measure. Fellow junior attacker Hope Anhut also contributed 3 goals in the comfortable win. However, it is unclear if the defense can replicate the strong effort of holding SDSU to 7 goals. Departed goalie Gussie Johns led the defense that day, and was replaced by sophomore Riley Hertford.The last time USC competed against Jacksonville was during the 2017 season. USC won the match 13-10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.The Trojans are looking for another successful season, which means every practice requires each player’s hard work and dedication in order to perform successfully on the field this weekend.“I tend to think the biggest factors in winning any game are preparedness and attitude,” said Anhut, who put two goals on the scoreboard for the Trojans during their match against Hofstra. “Our coaches really emphasize drilling basic skills out until they’re second nature, so that when we’re in games and might be tired, we are still able execute the way we need to.” Anhut added that scouting the opponent was a crucial part of USC’s success.“While we do prep for each opponent and scout their style of play, I think attention to detail is what ultimately makes us so well prepared,” Anhut said. “In terms of attitude, I think we’ve found success because we have tough athletes that love to win and compete but also because we really enjoy playing together.”To ensure continued success for the Trojans, they must be in a consistent rhythm with one another and have strong communication on the field.    With its season picking up, USC wants to make sure it brings its A-game, especially with the competitive opponents the players will face in the following weeks.The Trojans aren’t letting their past wins against the Aztecs and Dolphins cloud their judgement or efforts to compete at full force. Regardless of past matches and successful efforts, the Trojans are ready to enter the field as an unstoppable powerhouse.   “San Diego State is a solid team that always plays well against us and has had a great start to their season,” Anhut said. “We’re definitely prepared and ready to come out strong.”The Trojans take on SDSU Friday at the Aztec Lacrosse Field at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers prove their mettle with Game 7 win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From the depths of an unfathomable controversy that emerged out of thin air, injuries, a willing opponent and even their own self-inflicted wounds.Knocked down like never before emotionally and physically and facing a double-digit deficit, they ignored fatigue and mental strain to somehow navigate their way to a 126-121 win over the Golden State Warriors in an epic Game 7 that sends them into the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder.“This team needed this win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought that our guys fought the adversity and found a way to win.”And in the process, exhaled a bit.“Just smile,” Rivers said. “Just enjoy it.” Nothing like a win-or-go-home Game 7 to get a handle on what someone is really all about.Or opening a window from which we can peek into someone’s basketball soul.We learned something about the Clippers on Saturday night, something deep and profound and poignant.A basketball team sidetracked by the dark side of life in the middle if a challenging series against a bitter foe had the wherewithal the find their way back.center_img They earned it.What they still have left in the tank for the Thunder is anyone’s guess, but after being pushed to the limit by off-court drama and a worthy on-court adversary only to find enough energy to prevail, the Clippers seem poised to keep this going a little while longer. And Chris Paul vowed the Clippers will find enough energy.“We have the best training staff in the league,” Paul said. “I truly believe that. We’ll be ready to play.”It took a gut-check performance to keep their season going, the Clippers overcoming more than any team in recent memory to move on to the next round.“We kept pushing and kept fighting,” Blake Griffin said.On and off the court after enduring a week from hell after owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist comments.“It’s been emotional,” Paul admitted.Said Griffin: “It just grew and grew each day, each hour.”But they couldn’t spare even a second to dwell on it Saturday, not with the Warriors planted firmly in front of them.“Moreso than getting through (the past week) it was just about getting through tonight,” Paul said.If was everything you would expect from a Game 7.And it answered a lot of questions.If Paul is the best point guard in the league, as many suggest, then surely he’d embrace the stage of a series deciding seventh game.A bum hamstring that’s been barking all series denied us Paul at his very best. He looked more like a decoy than a go-to star while struggling in the first half.Until he dug deep within and found enough push to navigate the Clippers through uncertainty, hesitancy and the hot-shooting Warriors to overcome a a double-digit deficit and put the Clippers in front in the third quarter.Then helped carry the Clippers over a dramatic fourth quarter to finally put the Warriors away – his two silly fouls to put Golden State’s Stephen Curry to the line notwithstanding – while scoring 22 points and dishing out 14 assists.If Blake Griffin is the emerging MVP candidate that his remarkable regular season suggested, he’d rise to the moment by hoisting the Clippers onto his shoulders and carrying them past the Warriors and into the second round.Griffin hoisted the Clippers up alright, and in the process blew the roof off Staples Center with a thunderous alley-oop dunk and by sinking a twisting, turning layup in traffic in which he did a back-flip off the ground as the ball fell through the hoop.Both plays came late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers clung to a slight lead, sending a sold-out crowd into a frenzy and keeping the Warriors at arm’s length.That’s what leaders do. That’s what All-Stars do.Griffin has emerged as both this year.If DeAndre Jordan is the best defending, rebounding center in the NBA, as his supporters claim, he would dominate the paint against undermanned Golden State and leave no doubt he is a growing force in the NBA.Jordan patrolled the paint and protected the basket while scoring 15 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking three shots.His electrifying dunk off a lob from Griffin with 22 seconds remaining helped keep the Warriors at bay.But there were other heroes.J.J. Redick, his back so out of whack there was concern late in the regular season he’d have to shut himself down, came up with 20 points and three 3-pointers, each one of them coming at a crucial moment.Jamal Crawford had 22 points off the bench while hitting 7 of 12 shots and Matt Barnes added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.The Clippers don’t advance without the contribution of either.The last thing they wanted was to go to a seventh game against the Warriors.But a seventh game is exactly what they got.That they responded by digging as deep as they ever have to pull out an emotional, gutty win revealed something important about Clippers, whose challenge now is to keep it going.In the process, they learned something about themselves, too.And it left them beaming.“I’m just very proud right now,” Griffin said.He deserves to be.They all do.last_img read more