News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua News Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Photo by: Agus FakaubunThe news website westpapuamedia.info quoted the head of public relations for the Papua police, Commander Yohanes Nugroho Wicaksono, as saying the gunmen were hiding in the hills 50 metres from the airport. It said police had not yet been able to identify the perpetrators or the type of guns they used.According to military intelligence, the separatist group Free Papua Movement(Organisasi Papua Merdeka, or OPM, in Indonesian) was behind the attack,while local police said they had no information about the identity of the attackers.Indonesia is ranked 146th of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 world press freedomindex compiled by Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Organisation Receive email alerts August 12, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the family and friends ofLeiron Kogoya, a journalist with the newspapers Pasific Post and Papua Pos Nabire, part of the Pacific Post group, who was killed in an attack by gunmen on a plane at Mulia airport in the province of Papua three days ago.“Although the journalist did not appear to be the target of the attack, it illustratesthe insecurity that prevails in the region, where at least two other journalists werekilled late last year,” the press freedom organization said.“Covering the Papua region is highly risky for journalists. Leiron Kogoya wasamong those courageous reporters who strive to keep the world informed aboutthe region, which has been the scene of violent clashes. Our thoughts go out tohis family and friends.”“We expect the authorities to shed light on the attack. Contradictory informationabout the identity of those behind the shooting said to have been provided bysecurity forces to journalists indicates that an independent investigation must becarried out as soon as possible.”The plane, a Twin Otter of the Indonesian airline Trigana Air, landed at Muliaat about 8 am when at least five gunmen opened fire. The pilot and co-pilot,who were both hit, lost control of the aircraft, which then crashed into one of theterminal buildings. Four people were wounded. Kogoya, was fatally shot in theneck.The 35-year-old reporter was flying to Mulia in the Puncak Jaya district to coverlocal elections in the provincial capital, Jayapura. to go further IndonesiaAsia – Pacific April 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed as gunmen attack plane at Papua province airport News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia
Wolves are close to signing Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on a season-long loan. Press Association Incidentally, former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe is already at Wolves, who tweeted: “(Manager Kenny) Jackett has confirmed that Wolves have a verbal agreement with @Arsenal for the loan of Emiliano Martinez. Hopefully completed today.” Martinez was last season loaned to Wolves’ Championship rivals Rotherham, whose manager Steve Evans said: “(He was) great for us. “We’re going to be watching Emi on Match of the Day in six to eight months and then for a number of years as Arsenal’s No 1.” The 22-year-old Argentinian has little hope of first-team football under Arsene Wenger following the £10million arrival of Petr Cech and the fine form of David Ospina last season. Martinez’s departure would, however, also represent a risk for Wenger – Wojciech Szczesny has already been loaned to Roma and Martinez’s departure would leave Arsenal with only two senior goalkeepers.
Photo: BBC Sports KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named among the five finalists for the 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year.Fraser-Pryce brought her 2019 season to a successful close by winning two gold medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in September.She became the first woman to win the 100 metres at four World Championships when she clocked a stunning 10.71 seconds to take the gold in the women’s 100-meter final.Following the win, Fraser-Pryce paraded the track with her two-year-old son Zyon, who she said gave her “superpowers” to win her first global medal since giving birth. Fraser-Pryce is among other exceptional female athletes such as Sifan Hassan (Netherlands ), Brigid Kosgei (Kenya), Dalilah Muhammad (USA) and Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela).Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on November 5.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday, November 23.If she wins, the award will become Fraser-Pryce’s second title, having won the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2013.
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mekenna and Madi Adams finish seventh at state.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” For 12 years the Wellington girls tennis program has had a representative at the Class 4A state tennis tournament. In those 12 years, Wellington has had an entree place in 10 of those 12 years. 2015 is no exception, as the sister team of Madi and Mekenna Adams, clinched a seventh place finish in the doubles competition of the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Winfield on Saturday. They become the first sister team in Wellington history to have placed in a state tournament. Madi, the senior, finishes as a two time state qualifier. Mekenna, a sophomore, is now a two time state placer, having placed ninth last season with Maggie Fink. Â â€œWhat a run this was,â€ said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach. â€œThree or four weeks ago I didn’t know if the sisters playing together was going to work. Â They made adjustments and so did us coaches and it all fell together.â€ Â Wellington took two doubles to the state tournament. Dietra Sober/Madi Lewellen did not place but picked up a huge first round win at the Vaughan tennis courts. Overall, the team finished 12th. The following is a synopsis of the two days the two teams had. More pictures can be found here.Â Madi Adams finishes her high school career as a two time state qualifierThe Adams sisters Adams girls opened with Angleton/Wendt from Chanute in the first round and easily won 6-1,6-2. Â â€œWe played well,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œMadi was attacking the net and volleying extremely well. We felt like Chanute was a dangerous team but didn’t have the consistency on their shots on each series.â€ .The girls then played a team with a bye in the first round and fed into Carlsen/Slettehaugh from Bishop Miege. Â â€œWe didn’t have our best performance here,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œThe Bishop Miege team played an awkward style with a player starting off of the court and running in on a serve or both players at the baseline with the server running up.â€ The girls won the first set 6-4 and the second set 7-5. Â This win guaranteed the girls could play on day two and be a state medalist. Â â€œI was so happy after this match,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œWe wanted Madison to get to day two this year and get a medal, and we wanted Mekenna to get another medal.â€ The pair then lost in the quarterfinals to Ediger/Ivers from McPherson 6-0, 6-3. Â â€œThe first set we never really competed,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œIn set two, we got their attention and jumped up 3-2. Â Man we were playing well there. It was very impressive going against one of the top teams in the state.: On Day 2, Adams/Adams opened up with Parsons and fell behind 4-1. Â â€œAfter I talked to them about cutting down on unforced errors, we rallied off eight straight games to win 9-4,â€ Aufdengarten said. The Adams sisters then played Bellah/Roets from Smoky Valley. Â It was a close match as they were neck and neck up until 6-6 then Smoky Valley won three in a row to win 9-6. Â â€œThe match was so even,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œSmoky Valley had 25 winners to our 15 winners, that is were the game was won. Â This put Wellington in the seventh place match were they played Nussbaum/Cody from Collegiate. Â Wellington won the match 9-6 to finish seventh. Â Madison ended her career as a two time state qualifier and ending with 90 wins for her career. Â Mekenna now has a ninth place and seventh place medal in two,years along with 53 wins. Â â€œI know this is something these two can always talk about doing this with your sibling has to be a great feeling and sense of pride,â€ Aufdengarten said.Dietra Sober is a senior for Wellington.Sober, Lewellen As far as the other doubles teams, Lewellen and Sober beat Wright/Farris from Parsons 5-7, 6-3, 10-4. Â â€œWe fell behind 5-1 in the first set then settled down and started our comeback,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œThis was a nice win. We had lost to this team at the Tournament of Champions 8-4. â€œIt showed we are a better team now, that was the girls second meet ever playing together.â€Â Next Sober/Lewellen lost to Ediger/Ivers from McPherson 6-2, 6-1, the same duo that would beat the Adams sister later. Â â€œThis is a very good team and we didn’t play too badly,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œThe McPherson team finished second overall.â€ In Sober/Lewellenâ€™s next match they played Cunningham/Hale of Spring Hill. Â â€œWe stayed even for a long time but just couldn’t get it going against them.,â€ Aufdengarten said. The Wellington duo led 5-4 but then lost three straight games and trailed 8-5.Madi Lewellen should return as one of the two premiere players on the Wellington team next fall.Â â€œI told them let’s give it everything we got and get it to a tiebreak and our girls responded tying it at 8-8,â€ Aufdengarten said. In the tiebreak, Wellington had two match points but couldn’t get two points in a row. Â Spring Hill won the tiebreak 10-8. Â â€œIt was such a heartbreaking loss,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œWe were all kind of stunned after the match. Â These two did so well they only played in four meets together before regionals, I’m so proud of the two of them.â€ The pair ended up 15-8 together. Â The Wellington state girls tennis records can be found here.Follow us on Twitter.
Facebook112Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Holy Family SchoolHoly Family School, located in Lacey, has a comprehensive distance learning program for all of our kindergarten through eighth grade students, since the onset of the COVID-19 school closure.Holy Family School was established in 1974 as an independent Catholic School. It was through the persistence of the founding families and some dedicated individuals who did not have children that the school was established to provide academic excellence and Catholic religious education to families within Thurston County and beyond.The Holy Family School Board, principal, and teachers are all actively working to ensure that our students and families have the best possible opportunity to progress in their studies during this unprecedented crisis. Our Distance Learning Program is modeled after a regular school day to include a morning prayer, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and a scheduled recess and lunch as a community.Students and teachers are safe at home during the school closure, but learning continues. Older students are working online, while younger students have worksheets and crafts to complete. Teachers check in with students each day through phone calls, Zoom meetings, and email.Some of the resources being used are Google Classroom, Khan Academy, Class Dojo, Think Central, and Rocket Math as teachers strive to bring the most useful apps and on-line programs to their students. We even have a virtual fitness club and physical education to help our students remain physically active during the stay at home order.Holy Family students benefit from a 10-1 student-teacher ratio. This small classroom dynamic benefits our students immensely. No student is left behind, and every student is challenged by the curriculum. MAP testing scores demonstrate the high levels of proficiency that Holy Family students achieve each year in science, English and math with scores consistently at or above the National and Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools averages.Our campus offers a safe and stimulating learning environment to all students. State of the art science and technology labs are part of the lower campus, while art and music rooms anchor the upper campus. Our large play field, playground and green spaces are enjoyed by students during PE classes and recess times. Physical movement and plenty of outside play time is an integral part of the school day at Holy Family.Our learning expectations are aligned with both the Archdiocese of Seattle as well as the State of Washington’s core subject area standards. Holy Family School is recognized by the State of Washington as an approved private school and we are fully accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). All of our core classroom teachers are licensed through the State of Washington.Holy Family School believes in partnering with parents, who are the first educators of children. At Holy Family, we strive to educate the whole child. Our staff members use formative evaluations and standardized test information to design the best instruction and differentiation for students while also modeling and teaching Catholic values.Finally, our Student Learning Expectations (SLE’s) represent our core mission and commitment to serving children. Together we strive to have our students be A.) Inspired by Christ, B.) Life-Long Learners, and C.) Respectful Community Members.New students in grades 1-8 may enroll at this time and commence distance learning in all main subject areas. All necessary accommodations will be made to successfully integrate new students into their virtual Holy Family School classrooms in order to limit any further disruptions to their academic studies. Our small class sizes allow our teachers to take a hands-on approach with each student, and especially during this period of distance learning.Visit our website for more information or to schedule a virtual tour. All are Welcome!
Story and photo by Joseph SapiaSHREWSBURY – Out of state in Maine, Katie Kingsberry knew she had to get home, driving for 12 or so hours to get back to the borough by the morning of Independence Day.Why?Kingsberry, 32, wanted to be one of the approximately 30 readers of the Declaration of Independence on this Fourth of July at the historic Allen House. Read as she did last year in the inaugural event.“I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the values our country was founded upon,” Kingsberry said.“I think it’s just good to remember the history of our country,” said Kingsberry’s friend, Jenna Ciongoli, 32, also of Shrewsbury who read a paragraph of the Declaration with her son, Gus, 3. “It’s very emotional.”Ciongoli, who also read last year, noted in these polarized political times that the founding fathers had a “common cause.”“I think we’ve lost that,” Ciongoli said.The event was sponsored by various parties: the Monmouth County Historical Association, which owns Allen House at the corner of Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue; Christ Episcopal Church, diagonally across the intersection; Shrewsbury Borough; Shrewsbury Historical Society; Shrewsbury Garden Club; and the county library. The idea of the Independence Day Celebration is “to remind people where we came from, how historic Monmouth County” is, said Mary Ann LaSardo, a Rumson resident who co-chaired the event. The county was important in the American Revolution, LaSardo said.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association.“The Battle of Monmouth was a turning point in the war,” said LaSardo, a county Historical Association trustee.An estimated 350, or 150 or so more than last year, attended the reading, said Charles H. Jones III of Rumson, the other event co-chair.“This started as a kernel of an idea,” said Linda W. Bricker, president of the Monmouth County Historical Association. “To see the diversity of the group that gathered here is wonderful.”Leeann Arnts of West Long Branch attended the ceremony because she traces her ancestry back to Elizabeth Allen, sister of Judah Allen who built a house at the site in the late 1600s and farmed the land. She said her family always talked about its history, which also includes the well-established, local Throckmorton and Van Note families.“New Jersey needs to focus on its rich history,” said Arnts, 59, an assistant music teacher at Shrewsbury Borough School.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association. “Shrewsbury is doing this. The youth need to know the history and keep it going.”Jim Weythman of Red Bank said he liked “just the appropriateness of the ceremony.”“Lots of Fourth of Julys get lost in fireworks, beer, picnics,” said Weythman, 71.Maggie LaRocca, 35, of Rumson attended to “celebrate the true meaning of the day” and try “to share a little bit of history with my son,” Mac, 3.“We talked about it on the way over,” said LaRocca, saying she talked about how people got together in the 1700s to provide for our freedom.“It’s tough to explain history to a child,” LaRocca said. “You try to show it to them.”People stand in line, awaiting their turn to read a part of the Declaration of Independence July 4 in Shrewsbury.The event came to be through a discussion between LaSardo and Pati Githens, executive assistant at the county Historical Association. They were looking to do an event at Allen House.“An idea sprung up over breakfast,” LaSardo said. “We were hoping for 50 people last year and got 200.”“Last year was a shocking success,” said Jones, also a county Historical Association trustee.Freehold Borough’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 is the only other public one of its kind in Monmouth County organizers of the Shrewsbury event were aware of, Jones said.The event kicked off with Christ Church ringing its bell 13 times for the 13 colonies at the time the Declaration was signed in 1776.Lillian G. Burry, a member of the county Board of Freeholders, began the reading, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another…”“It’s just so meaningful to me,” Burry said. “I think it’s a wonderful tradition, so much meaning behind it. This is all where the Revolution occurred.”Borough Mayor Donald Burden read the last paragraph. Burden is co-author with Rick Geffken of Farmingdale of the recently released book, “The Story of Shrewsbury Re-Visited, 1965-2015.”People attended, expressing “patriotic spirit and the incredible history that surrounds us in Monmouth County, particularly regarding the Revolutionary War,” Bricker said.On display was an 1880 printing of Benjamin Owen Tyler’s 1818 published version of the Declaration. F. Neal Warner of Freehold Township had donated the 1880 printing to the county library.While the Declaration remains very alive, certain lines were cringe-worthy for Kingsberry and Ciongoli – such as “that all men are created equal.” And they noted blacks did not have equal rights in 1776.The ceremony was over in about an hour.“It’s not heavy-duty,” Weythman said. “At the same time, (it was) kind of inspirational.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Renovations at the Grand Lucayan in Grand Bahama are expected to begin within the next month with the facility expected to be ready in time for the 2017 Winter Season.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said, in his national address, July 26, that the Government of The Bahamas is intent on resuscitating the Grand Lucayan “as rapidly and as sustainably as possible” and thereafter sell its equity to one of the existing partners or other investors in a bid to turn the Grand Bahama economy around.Dr. Minnis said the Government has also identified a number of integrated travel and hospitality companies that can bring not only quality brands to Grand Bahama, “but also much-needed air transportation.”Prime Minister Minnis said his Administration will focus on a number of tourism initiatives “to get our economy going again” while not excluding the urgent need for diversification within tourism and other sectors and other potential areas of growth.Prime Minister Minnis said this will not happen without a successfully operating Grand Lucayan, a successfully operating Atlantis and a successfully operating Baha Mar Resort.“I recently toured Baha Mar where I received assurances from the managers of the hotel of a timeline for the mega-resort coming fully on stream. This will help to improve the fiscal condition of the country inclusive of public revenue,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I have also visited Atlantis on Paradise Island. It is most important to our economy that both of these mega-resorts succeed. My Administration will do all that we can to ensure this outcome.“We need to get our people back to work and to get our economy on the path to making it again the envy of our region. This will not happen without a successful Baha Mar. Their success is The Bahamas’ success. We will do all we can to aid them in attaining this success,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Dr. Minnis said statistics show that while at least 65 per cent of the economic activity and more than 50 per cent of the jobs of The Bahamas are delivered from the tourism sector, just 60 per cent of the country’s hotel and resort rooms are occupied annually.“If we manage to achieve near 80 per cent occupancy in our hotels on a year-round basis, we will increase our economic activity and jobs from tourism by one-third,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“This will cause a considerable dent in the unemployment problem facing our country. Even as I have spoken at some length on Grand Lucayan, Atlantis and Baha Mar, my Government will also address the needs of the more than 250 smaller and licensed properties in Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and throughout our Family Islands.“We will introduce further incentives to small hotels where local produce is on the menu,” Prime Minister Minnis added. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo