Photographer roughed by president’s bodyguards in church

first_img Receive email alerts January 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer roughed by president’s bodyguards in church KenyaAfrica Follow the news on Kenya November 27, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about governmental hostility towards the privately-owned media after Chris Ojow, a photographer with the daily The Nation, was roughed up by President Mwai Kibaki’s bodyguards when he tried to take pictures of the president during a Sunday service in church on 7 January.“Every year there are cases of violence against the press in which the government is involved,” the press freedom organisation said. “The attack on The Nation’s photographer is the latest episode in a series of threats and physical attacks on journalists working for privately-owned media that appears to be the expression of a deep-seated and absurd hostility.”Reporters Without Borders added: “As the guarantor of national harmony, President Kibaki should realise that it is time for a change in this climate and that peace is only possible if he takes the initiative.”When Ojow entered the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi and went straight to the front rows where Kibaki and other officials were seated, bodyguards told him he could not take photos of the president. Ojow replied that the president had already been photographed many times while attending mass.The situation deteriorated when Ojow tried to photograph Kibaki as he knelt to receive communion. One of the bodyguards grabbed him, tried to take his camera, bundled him out of the church by a side door and then roughed him up, with the help of another man. Ojow immediately filed a complaint at a nearby police station.The officiating priest, Father Samuel Mukua, tried to calm things down and apologised to Ojow, but Bishop Maurice Crowley said Ojow should have asked himself if it was appropriate to take pictures of the president while he was praying. RSF_en April 6, 2020 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation KenyaAfrica News News Help by sharing this information Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists June 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

The blood cells of the Antarctic icefish Chaenocephalus aceratus Lonnberg: light and electron microscopic observations

first_imgPeripheral blood and haemopoietic tissues of spleen and kidney of the icefish, Chaenocephalus aceratus were examined using LM and EM techniques. The peripheral blood contained cellular elements from all the recognized cell lines usually seen in other teleost groups. Erythrocytes were very rare; when found, they were mature or senile and fragile. Thrombocytes of two morphologies, several cell types considered to be part of the lymphoid series and monocytes/macrophages were present. Two distinctive types of granulocytes also were found; their morphologies and granulation were so different from teleost granulocytes hitherto described that their identification was impossible.last_img

USU Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Program Finishes 10th Nationally

first_img Tags: Alabama/Dillon Maggard/Sindri Gudmundsson/Stanford/Utah State Track and Field June 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Program Finishes 10th Nationally Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State’s men’s track and field/cross country program finished 10th nationally in this year’s NCAA Division I men’s program of the year standings per information released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.Utah State and Colorado State, the two Mountain West programs in contention for this award each finished with 76 points while the Rams were ranked ninth nationally.BYU was just behind Utah State, finishing 11th with 78.5 points. The Aggies were bolstered by their 27th place finish in the men’s cross country championships last fall at Louisville, Ky.Additionally, during the NCAA Indoor Track Championships at College Station, Texas, the Aggies’ men tied for 28th in the standings, representing their best finish since 1977 when they tied for 21st nationally.The Aggies were bolstered by the strong performances of distance-runner Dillon Maggard and javelin thrower Sindri Gudmundsson to have such stellar showings on the season.Alabama was named as the John McConnell Men’s Division I program of the year, netting 28.5 points. Stanford was named as the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I program of the year, posting 15 points.For programs to be eligible for the Program of the Year award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA championships (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field). Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA championship while the lowest total score for all three championships determines the winner. Written bylast_img read more

The world’s surgeon

first_imgJohn Meara has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Kletjian Professorship in Global Surgery at Harvard Medical School, among the first global surgery professorships to be established at an academic institution.The professorship is funded by a $4 million gift from the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation.“John Meara is a leader in the field of global surgery and an outstanding member of our faculty,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, HMS dean. “We are grateful for the generosity of Carmella Kletjian and the Kletjian Foundation for creating this professorship, which honors John and which will help establish and expand an academic foundation for global surgery. I am delighted that they chose to do this at HMS.” Read Full Storylast_img

Wellard Shrinks Debt with the Sale of MV Ocean Shearer

first_imgAustralia’s largest livestock exporter Wellard Limited is on track to complete its recapitalization program having secured a term sheet to sell the MV Ocean Shearer.  One of the main reasons behind the sale of the giant vessel has been its underutilization, according to Wellard Executive Chairman John Klepec.“The Ocean Shearer has been predominantly deployed in the South America-Turkey trade route, which has twice been closed suddenly, leaving Wellard with fixed financing and overhead costs but without revenues,” he added.The world’s largest purpose-built livestock vessel is being bought by Livestock Transport & Trading Co KSC, a Kuwaiti publicly listed company, controlled by Al Mawashi Limited, which trades in Australia as Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company (KLTT) and which is one of the largest exporters of sheep from Australia to the Middle East.As such the Ocean Shearer will be assigned to the Australia–Middle East trade route, benefiting Western Australian farmers andother businesses in the related supply-chain.The vessel has the capacity to transport 20,000 cattle or 75,000 sheep or a combination of both and is suited to trans-hemisphere routes. In addition, the vessel’s fodder capacity is 3,000 t.The 2016-built vessel will be sold for USD 53 million. Wellard intends to apply approximately USD 42.3 million to reduce the company’s debt to USD 16.7 million.“The remaining USD 10.7 million will be retained as cash for operations, significantly strengthening Wellard’s working capital position,” the company said.“The sale of the MV Ocean Shearer cuts Wellard’s financial debt to very manageable levels while crystallizing value from an under-utilized vessel in our fleet,” Klepec said.“Given our comparable sized vessel, the MV Ocean Drover has completed three times the number of voyages as the MV Ocean Shearer in 2019, it makes financial sense to release value and reduce debt from an under-utilized asset, adding AD 15.8 million to our cash reservesand reducing our annual debt servicing by USD 8 million.”Klepec added Wellard’s high debt load, which had become a millstone around its neck, would be consigned to history on the successful settlement of the transaction, enabling the company to focus on charter utilization and running its vessels efficiently.The vessel sale leaves Wellard’s fleet right-sized to three vessels, two owned and one exclusively leased.“The company can now focus exclusively on maximizing earnings and profits from the company-owned MV Ocean Drover and MV Ocean Ute, and the long-term chartered MV Ocean Swagman,” Wellard explained.Over the past year, Wellard has been busy with the recapitalization efforts through asset sales. In October, the company got a nod for the sale and leaseback of Ocean Swagman to Heytesbury Holding Company. At the time, the company said that the unit would be sold at a price of USD 22 million.The transaction also includes a bareboat charter of the 7,850 DWT livestock carrier back from Heytesbury to Wellard immediately upon completion of the sale.last_img read more

Steelers sign Heyward

first_imgIN THE FOLD—Steelers President Art Rooney II, right, welcomes first round draft pick Cameron Heyward after signing him to a contract Latrobe, Pa., July 29. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward. The former standout tackle at Ohio State is the son of former Pitt and NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. The 6-foot-5, 288-pound Heyward is part of a youth movement along Pittsburgh’s aging defensive line. He’s the second defensive lineman to be taken in the first round by the Steelers in the last three years, joining 2009 top pick Ziggy Hood. Heyward signed in time to join the rest of the team for practice on Friday afternoon. The 22-year-old Heyward, who was born in Pittsburgh, called it a life-long dream to play for the Steelers and an “honor” to play on the “best” defensive line in the league.Heyward was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year.last_img read more