Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, a journalist based in the northeastern autonomous region of Puntland who reports for Mogadishu-based radio Simba, was released by the Puntland authorities yesterday. The region’s deputy interior minister said Guled had completed a sentence for “disseminating false news.”———————05.12.2006 – Somali journalist arrested in Puntland, three Italian journalists expelled from MogadishuReporters Without Borders is worried by deteriorating working conditions for journalists in Somalia, after the arrest of Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled of independent radio Voice of Peace, based in Galkayo, Puntland, in the north-east, and the arrest and expulsion of three Italian journalists from the capital Mogadishu.Radical Islamist militia on 2 December seized Massimo Alberizzi, special correspondent for the privately-owned daily Il Corriere della Sera with freelance journalists, Emanuele Piano and Marco Ricchello and later forced them onto a plane to Nairobi. “These arrests show clearly that between the law of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and the authorities in Puntland, Somalia is in the process of becoming a forbidden area for the independent press,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Journalists are, at best the scapegoats of political hatreds, and at the worst unwanted witnesses to be removed. It is unacceptable that they should be the victims of a hidden or declared war, between rival factions in the Horn of Africa.”Mohamud Guled, nicknamed “Africa” was arrested on 1st December 2006, in Bossasso, Puntland and has since been held at the headquarters of the Puntland Intelligence Service (PIS). The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation in Somalia, said he is suspected of links with the UIC, for broadcasting a report on Simba independent radio that religious leaders planned a demonstration in Bossasso on the same day. He also made unauthorised voice checks for the start of broadcasts in the town for radio Voice of Peace. The Puntland authorities confirmed to the NUSOJ that they were investigating the journalist, who faces trial for threatening national security and territorial integrity if his links with the Islamic Courts were confirmed. To avoid hounding by the authorities, journalists in Puntland generally operate self-censorship on issues concerning the UIC, which controls most of Somalia including the capital Mogadishu.Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera on 4 December carried an account by its reporter Massimo Alberizzi of how he, the other two journalists and their interpreter, Ali Edmondo, were threatened in the street by a young armed man and forcibly taken to the Sahafi Hotel. He was then taken alone to the airport where he was questioned by a member of the UIC intelligence services, ‘Mahad’, about his articles detailing Eritrean government support for the Somali Islamists.Alberizzi managed to send a text message to the Italian government envoy for Somalia in Nairobi, Mario Raffaeli, who contacted leading Italian, Somali and UN officials. As a result, the journalist was returned to the hotel on the strength of a phone call from Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, chairman of the UIC Shura Council. After several hours of heated discussion between the Shura moderates wanting to preserve the country’s “human face” and fundamentalists wanting to jail Alberizzi “pending further in-depth investigations into this journalist spy”, the three journalists were finally taken to the airport the following afternoon and put on a UN plane bound for Nairobi. December 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Puntland journalist freed after serving sentence for reporting “false news” News Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists to go further Organisation RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica News Help by sharing this information News February 24, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts January 8, 2021 Find out more
Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Caltech scientists have converted cells of the lower-body region into facial tissue that makes cartilage, in new experiments using bird embryos. The researchers discovered a “gene circuit,” composed of just three genes, that can alter the fate of cells destined for the lower bodies of birds, turning them instead into cells that produce cartilage and bones in the head.The results, published in the June 24 issue of the journal Science, could eventually lead to therapies for conditions where facial bone or cartilage is lost. For example, cartilage destroyed in the nose due to cancer is particularly hard to replace. Understanding the genetic pathways that lead to the development of facial cartilage may help in future stem-cell therapies, where a patient’s own skin cells could be transformed and used to repair the nose.“When facial cartilage and bone is lost, from cancer or an accident, it has been difficult to replace,” says Marianne Bronner, the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology at Caltech, and senior author of the Science report. “Our long term hope is that uncovering this gene circuit may be useful in reprogramming a patient’s own stem cells to make facial cartilage.”The bones below our necks, referred to by scientists as the “long” bones, originate from a different source of tissue than the bones in our head. As embryos, we are born with a type of early tissue called the neural crest that forms along the entire body, from the head to the end of the spinal cord. Those neural crest cells which originate in the head, called cranial neural crest, differentiate into the cartilage and bone of our faces, including the jaws and skull. In contrast, the so-called trunk neural crest cells, forming below the neck, do not make cartilage or bone but instead turn into nerve cells and pigment cells elsewhere in our bodies. Bronner and her colleagues want to understand what genes regulate the development of cranial neural crest cells and enable them to make cartilage and bones in the head.To this end, they divided the trunk and cranial neural crest cells of bird embryos into separate groups, and looked for differences in gene activity. Fifteen genes were initially identified as being turned on in only the cranial cells. The researchers chose six of these genes for further study. All six code for transcription factors—molecules that bind to DNA to turn on and off the expression of other genes. After studying how these factors interact with each other, the scientists focused on three, called Sox8, Tfap2b and Ets, that are part of the cranial neural crest circuit.These three genes were then inserted into the bodies of developing bird embryos, in particular the trunk neural crest, using a technique called electroporation. In this method, electric current is applied to cells to open up pores through which molecules such as DNA may pass. Next, the researchers transplanted the altered trunk cells to the cranial region of the embryos. Five days later, the trunk cells were doing something entirely new: producing cartilage.“Normally, these trunk cells will not make cartilage,” says Bronner. “Introducing just three genes into these cells reprogrammed them to acquire the ability to do so.”Bronner said that she hopes other researchers will use this information for experiments in cell culture. By adding the new-found gene circuit, perhaps with other known factors, to skin cells in a petri dish it may be possible to turn them into cartilage-producing cells—a key next step in creating future therapies for facial bone and cartilage loss.The first author of the Science paper, titled, “Reprogramming of avian neural crest axial identity and cell fate,” is Marcos Simoes-Costa of Caltech. The research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Pew Fellows Program in Biomedical Sciences. 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Google+ Previous articleLaghey postmaster fined €10,000 for stealing his customers’ savings.Next articleGarda ‘Operation Liath’ hailed as a success in Donegal News Highland Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The Chief Executive of the company established to deliver Derry’s UK City of Culture programme is denying suggestions that some elements of their plans may have to be cut back because of a shortfall in funding.The BBC is reporting today that to date, the income from sponsorship and ticket sales is much less than had been expected.However, the Culture Company CEO Shona Mc Cartney says that a shortfall at this stage of the year was always expected, and she is confident that everything will be delivered…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/shona3pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Culture Company says Derry will deliver UK City of Culture programme WhatsApp By News Highland – May 1, 2013 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th
A generous Jilly’s customer spurred an extra spirit of giving by the Boardwalk shop owners this summer. (Photos courtesy JASM Consulting) By Maddy VitaleJilly’s Ice Cream Factory on the Ocean City Boardwalk has a lot of faithful customers.But there is one patron who not only appreciates the chilled treats but is making sure others can have a taste of their own.And it is all on him.On July 16 the customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Jilly’s employees that he would randomly buy people ice cream throughout the day.That he did, helping 56 people to frozen treats to the tune of $582.He told the employee not to tell anyone who he was or what he was doing because he was just looking to pay it forward, said Jody Levchuk, whose family owns the Jilly’s business empire on the Boardwalk.“The most important thing is, I can tell you 1,000 percent that this happened. The person wants to be nameless,” Levchuk said Tuesday. “It is very important because he plans on doing this often. All the kids know who he is, but it is important.”When Levchuk heard about the generous act, he was inspired to do some pay it forward activities at Jilly’s businesses.He assembled his team and together they came up with some ideas of how to create excitement and please Jilly’s customers this summer. Some contests were done successfully last year but improved this year, he explained.“We have a good team of people who think outside the box,” Levchuk noted.There was the “Free Ice Cream For The Rest of The Summer” contest in which three lucky customers won free ice cream from Jilly’s Ice Cream Factory for the rest of the summer.“All we wanted to know were two things. We asked them to join our mailing list and write down and submit their favorite ice cream. Three random people were selected,” Levchuk said.JASM Consulting did the contest and awarded vouchers to the winners.Then there are some whimsical contests that incorporate, for example, the mascot of Jilly’s French Fry Factory, “Fry Guy.”The scavenger hunt-style game coincided with National French Fry Day July 13. Jilly’s gave out free fries for the day and held a weeklong contest.Clues gave people an idea where “Fry Guy” might be hidden in Ocean City. The grand prizes were Jilly’s gift cards ranging from $20 to $100 and they went to five people.And Levchuk said the team is bringing it back for another similar game involving the mascot sometime before Labor Day.“Everyone loves “Fry Guy. Our next contest we might do virtual. People out of town sent us messages saying it wasn’t fair that they couldn’t do the contest,” he said.Clues led winners to the Ocean City Municipal Airport, where Fry Guy was propped up with a gift card.“It was fun. People were into it,” Levchuk said.The Jilly’s Arcade Fun Cards is running a special in which anyone who puts $100 on the game card, gets an additional $25 to play added to the card.It’s a great way for parents to give their kids money to play games and not have to worry about it being lost.All the parent, guardian or child has to do is take a photo of the Fun Card capturing its serial number and if it gets lost, they would just have to report it to Jilly’s and supply the number. Jilly’s Arcade will supply a new card with the balance on the card.The Fun Cards were new this season and Levchuk said families are taking advantage of them because of the benefits.Families make their candy apples at Jilly’s Candy Factory during Family Night in 2018.Ocean City’s Family Night on Thursdays through the summer is a favorite of the Levchuk family because they can showcase their family friendly atmosphere at all of their Boardwalk businesses.Jilly’s Candy Factory is hosting free candy apple decorating every Thursday in August from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for all ages.Levchuk said he likes Family Night because there are a host of activities and entertainment that bring families to the Boardwalk.“We think it ties in nicely with Family Night. This is the second year we are having it,” Levchuk said of the candy apple decorating event. “It went over really well last year.”The first 100 people get to pick an apple and chocolate and they get to choose from a variety of candies and treats.“People could take the candy apples home or eat them there,” Levchuk said. “We play good music and it’s just a nice thing for families to do.”For more information about Jilly’s businesses visit www.jillysocnj.com“Fry Guy” is spotted at the Ocean City Municipal Airport.
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the annual Spring Block Party scheduled for May 2 has been canceled due to social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control to help stop the spread of COVID-19.“This is not something that we wanted to do, but felt it was best for the safety of our community and merchants,” the Chamber stated in an email message about the cancellation. “We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy!”The Spring Block Party traditionally attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Ocean City’s downtown shopping district and helps to kick off the tourism season. Asbury Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic for the day, turning the downtown area into a giant pedestrian mall to accommodate the festival-like celebration. Big crowds turn out every year for the Spring Block Party.
Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has just published research on the salt levels in shop-bought sandwiches, following a survey of 140 sandwiches from popular retailers, and found that 41% of the sample contained 2g or more of salt per serving – a third of the adult daily limit.The saltiest sandwich surveyed was Asda’s Extra Special Yorkshire Ham and Hawes Wensleydale, containing 3.9g of salt, over 60% of the recommended daily amount, followed by Pret A Manger’s All Day Breakfast sandwich with 3.54g of salt.The sandwiches found to contain the least amount of salt were Tesco’s Healthy Living Chicken Salad and Co-op Healthy Living Tuna and Cucumber.
Roberts Bakery staff have completed the Bakery Excellence Programme in partnership with Tameside College.Six bakers from the Cheshire-based business took part in practical and classroom-based elements to develop bread, dough and flour skills, using the college’s facilities. The bakers were also taught techniques such as Chorleywood bread processing.Following completion of the programme, each baker was presented with a certificate by Neil Burgess, principal of Tameside College and a bakery consultant for Roberts Bakery.“Roberts Bakery is a growing business, and for our staff to take part in a specialist course like this is fantastic. We are very pleased with the result,” said Burgess.Meanwhile, Tameside College bakery teacher Steven Lee believes the bakers can go on to become leaders in their fields with a wider knowledge of bakery and its technicalities.“They have been treated to a great event and rightly so, with all the hard work they have put in to finish the course,” said Lee.Roberts Bakery said it hoped to put six more of its bakers through the course next year.
The beginning of autumn brings not just the start of another school year, but also the prospect of another flu season. Last spring, Chinese authorities announced the discovery of a strain of flu, H7N9, that passed from birds to humans, and that has limited transmission among humans.Even as that announcement conjured up memories of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, public health officials were keeping an eye on a second ailment, a respiratory virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, which itself was reminding people of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, rapidly spread from Hong Kong to 37 countries. The new virus, discovered in Saudi Arabia in 2012, is called Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.Both ailments can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H7N9 has killed 45 of 135 people known to have contracted it, while MERS has killed 58 of the 130 known cases. But those numbers may not show the true nature of either infection, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Staff writer Alvin Powell of the Harvard Gazette sat down with him recently to find out why.GAZETTE: What’s the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic flu?LIPSITCH: Pandemic flu is something that has happened four times in the last 100 years. It is the appearance and spread of a strain of flu that is novel to our immune systems, whose surface proteins are different from those that are already circulating.Not every novel strain of influenza A causes a pandemic, because most strains of flu A are not easily transmissible human-to-human. For example, H5N1 [the subject of controversy in 2012 after scientists created an strain easily transmissible in lab animals] is called bird flu because it does transmit very well between birds but does not currently transmit very well between people.At the moment there are three seasonal flu strains circulating. There is influenza A/ H1N1, which is the descendant of the  pandemic strain. There is influenza A/ H3N2, which is the descendant of the 1968 pandemic. And there is influenza B, which doesn’t really cause pandemics, but which evolves slowly and is a little bit different every year.Flu season begins at various times in different years but typically between October and January, and continues for a couple of months or so. And the late fall/winter seasonality has been a topic of great interest for some time, but there are so many things that are different in the winter that it’s hard to untangle.Some work that I did with Jeff Shaman at Columbia and other collaborators showed that one of the very important contributors to seasonality is absolute humidity, which is the quantity of water vapor in the air. We don’t really know what the biophysical mechanism is for why increased absolute humidity reduces virus survival and transmission, but it does.Clearly another contributor is school. There’ve been several studies suggesting that there’s about 20 percent more opportunities for transmission of flu during school terms than out of school terms. We’ve just submitted a paper trying to estimate the same quantity when schools opened in the 2009 pandemic and we get a similar answer.GAZETTE: What’s the status of the latest strain to emerge, H7N9?LIPSITCH: There were a few human cases as late as the early summer, and many epidemiologists are concerned that it may resurge later this year. Because it doesn’t cause severe symptoms in birds, it is hard to be sure how many birds are infected. Another thing we don’t really know is how many human cases we’re missing with H7N9.Work is under way to figure out if there are people contracting infection with this virus but not getting sick enough for us to notice.GAZETTE: How important is that piece of the puzzle in deciding how big a threat a flu virus is?LIPSITCH: It’s probably the biggest piece of the puzzle.Epidemiologists typically think of it as a pyramid or an iceberg. We see the severe cases because they are likely to show up at hospitals and some of them die. So we can piece together the top of the pyramid pretty quickly: how many need intensive care and how many die.But what’s harder to tell is how big the base of the pyramid is, how many people are getting infected and not getting sick or just getting treated by their doctor for symptoms and not coming to the hospital.In 1918, about 2 percent of people who got [Spanish flu] died. In 2009, the estimate [of those who died from H1N1] is somewhere between one in 2,000 to one in 14,000. That’s a huge range.The center that I direct has a close collaboration with a group in Hong Kong University that is doing a lot of the work to try to figure out exactly that question: how many undetected cases are there?GAZETTE: The numbers I saw — 45 deaths out of 135 cases — seemed to indicate it was pretty serious.LIPSITCH: But that’s with this piece missing. If the numbers we know now represented all the cases, it would be much worse than anything that’s ever been widespread in humans. But it’s unlikely that it’s that bad.GAZETTE: How is MERS different from the flu?LIPSITCH: It’s a coronavirus, related to the virus that causes SARS. It so far seems to show more signs of human-to-human transmission than H7N9 flu. Fortunately, it’s not so transmissible as to be out of control in any population we know about.There is the same uncertainty as to how many people have it that we don’t know about and what role those people play in transmission. It’s very much like SARS in the early days. MERS seems to be a little bit less transmissible so it’s harder to figure out because the more transmission you get, the more data you get.GAZETTE: The numbers from the CDC say MERS has caused 58 deaths out of 130 cases and that it has been found in several countries, including France.LIPSITCH: It has been in France, but there is no evidence of ongoing transmission in France.SARS also had a very high case fatality ratio among the sickest people and among elderly people, about 10 percent overall. It was almost zero in people under 50 and much higher in people over 50.A lot of the people who’ve gotten MERS have been older and already in hospitals for other reasons: There was a big outbreak in a dialysis unit, for example. What the average case fatality ratio is in a healthy population, we don’t know. And how many people have been infected and missed [by public health officials] we also don’t know.It would be very helpful to have genetic sequences from all the cases. It would also be helpful to identify what their common exposure is and, if there is a common exposure, what their animal reservoir is so we could be able to compare the virus and tell if it’s being introduced over and over again.One of the exciting things about the ability to sequence viruses and bacteria quickly — which is one thing we focus on here — is that you can chart rates of transmission from person to person or across geography or across species based on the sequence similarity.GAZETTE: So it’s possible that the cases have been introduced over and over from an animal reservoir rather than animal to human and then spreading through the human population?LIPSITCH: Yes, it is some combination of the two, but we don’t know in exactly what proportion because we think we are missing cases.GAZETTE: Do we need to watch for MERS during flu season as well as H7N9?LIPSITCH: With SARS, a lot of the cases were in the spring, so maybe [it’s seasonal]. But for SARS and so far MERS, a lot of the transmission has been in hospitals, which is somewhat less prone to seasonality.It seems both [MERS and H7N9] are at this stage not sufficiently transmissible between people to cause generalized infection in many parts of the world. But both viruses have relatives that we know can do that, so our concern is they become like those relatives through genetic change.GAZETTE: Do they mutate rapidly?LIPSITCH: Certainly influenza can mutate rapidly and can exchange genetic information with other strains by infecting the same cell: That’s how several of the previous pandemic viruses have emerged as a threat — reassortment of genetic information between two or more strains, some of which are good at infecting humans.There’s been lots of concern that the Hajj [in mid-October] will be an opportunity to disperse [MERS] infected people around the world in large numbers from Saudi Arabia.GAZETTE: What kinds of precautionary actions are normally taken at this stage?LIPSITCH: Public health officials are doing what they can to characterize the epidemiology of both viruses. But if they become transmissible between humans, the epidemiology will change. Vaccine development is underway for H7N9.In parts of China, they have tried closing poultry markets, but that was a temporary measure.An immediate concern for MERS is to try to improve infection control in hospitals where transmission is a possibility.GAZETTE: Given the ease of travel and the advent of modern medical technology, is there more or less danger of a pandemic today than in the past?LIPSITCH: The ability to get a virus from one side of the world to another in a matter of hours is not just a possibility, but really happened with SARS and it will happen with a new pandemic flu strain.The [medical] technology makes a huge difference to those who can access its benefits. Novartis just published a paper showing that they can, in less than a week, manufacture a flu vaccine from a sequence. That doesn’t mean they can create enough for everybody, it means they can create a small quantity of it. The question is how fast that can be scaled up.In [the H1N1 pandemic in] 2009, even countries like ours that can pay a lot for a flu vaccine still couldn’t get it fast enough. The ability to make enough vaccine against any of these agents for global use is not there yet. There’s not the manufacturing capacity. We can spread it to everyone but we can’t protect everyone.In terms of treatment, we have one or two effective drugs against flu. There’s nothing particularly effective against MERS that I’m aware of. So that’s an area where technology hasn’t advanced a lot in the last few years.What was amazing about SARS is that even though there was no drug and no vaccine that worked, it was controlled and essentially driven extinct by old-fashioned public health measures, coordinated with 21st-century technology. The SARS experience shows that it is possible to control some respiratory viruses, if they’re the kind that give you sufficient warning, which is to say they tell you who you have to isolate and whose contacts you have to quarantine. That was really the critical thing with SARS. The only people who were infectious were the people who were sick.But any flu that gets a foothold and starts transmitting human to human will be almost impossible to control in that way.
The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University announced its first class for the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop on Afro-Latin American Studies.Selected from a pool of 52 applicants from universities and research institutions in Europe (Spain, France, United Kingdom), Canada, the United States, and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico), the 14 members of the first class of the Mamolen Dissertation Workshop work in a variety of topics and time periods. Their work reflects the richness of Afro-Latin American studies, with contributions from anthropology (3), art history (1), history (5), literature (1), political science (1), political philosophy (1), and sociology (2).A yearly event hosted by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop is supported by a bequest from Mark Claster Mamolen (1946-2013) and by the Ford Foundation, and is conducted in partnership with the International Academic Program of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (IAP UAM).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are taking aim at Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants over free speech and censorship. Gov. Ron DeSantis accused the companies Tuesday of targeting conservatives as they crack down on social media posts he says might be contrary to the political sensibilities of Silicon Valley. Proposals before the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature would seek to limit Big Tech’s ability to disable or suspend a person’s account. One bill was introduced after Twitter suspended the account of President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. A new proposal expected to be filed Tuesday would allow consumers and the state attorney general to sue the companies.