RSF_en The Bahraini authorities blocked access to the website of the Bahrain Justice and Development Movement, a London-based group founded in July. Consisting mainly of Bahraini exiles, it denounces human rights violations in Bahrain and advocates democratic reforms. The website had been about to post an article in which Ali Al-Aswad, a former parliamentarian now living in exile, said he feared a civil war could break out in Bahrain. Without elaborating, the authorities accused the site of “breaking Bahrain’s laws.” August 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Access to the website of the Bahrain Justice and Development Movement blocked Organisation News Help by sharing this information
Ryan Herron/iStock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — The controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s alleged ties to a racist yearbook photo has been followed by the discovery of a similar image in a University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill yearbook.Colin Campbell, an editor in North Carolina for the Insider State Government News Service, tweeted the yearbook photo, which appeared on a fraternity’s page, on Wednesday. It shows two people in Ku Klux Klan garb pretending to hang a man who is wearing blackface and a noose around his neck.Campbell wrote in the tweet that he “randomly flipped through the 1979 UNC-Chapel Hill yearbook today just to kill some time, and found this photo on one of the fraternities’ pages.”Both UNC and the fraternity in question have released statements condemning the photo.Colin Campbell/Twitter“The photos found in the 1979 student yearbook are abhorrent. We fully and wholly condemn both the photos and the racist behavior they depict. That kind of behavior has no place on our campus now or then,” said Joel Curran, the vice chancellor for communications at the university.Campbell said it was the yearbook photo scandal embroiling Governor Northam that prompted him to look at the UNC-Chapel yearbook, he told ABC News.The yearbook that he selected was for the graduation year of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Campbell said that while “there weren’t any photos of him that were objectionable,” he saw the racist photo on a nearby page for the Chi Phi fraternity.“We strongly denounce the behavior and sentiments displayed in these images. Bigotry is not welcome in our Fraternity,” Chi Phi National wrote on Twitter in response to Campbell’s post.The university did not immediately respond to requests for details on whether any action would be taken.This is not the first race-related issue that UNC-Chapel Hill has had to deal with this year. The school’s chancellor announced in January that she would resign at the end of the school year amid an ongoing debate over the removal of a Confederate monument on campus called “Silent Sam,” which was toppled as part of a student demonstration in August. The chancellor supported the removal of the statue.Campbell said that there’s been, “not surprisingly, a large amount of outrage” after he posted the picture to Twitter.He said that no one had identified the individuals involved because their names were not listed directly below the picture. But, in a subsequent tweet posted by Campbell that showed the full spread of the page, there was a photo of the fraternity members with each of their names listed.The scandal over Northam’s yearbook photo has prompted a chorus of calls for his resignation, and it comes only a few months after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced questions over references to drinking and partying in his high school yearbook during his confirmation hearings.“What it has really shown us, this school year in particular, is just how significant a yearbook really is — not only for now but for later,” Sarah Nichols, the president of the Journalism Education Association, told ABC News in the wake of the scandal about Northam’s yearbook.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Sunshine Girls head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, has described the fitness of the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls as “average” and has warned that they will have to improve on and off the field to get to the level of their top international rivals. Allison-McCracken, the holder of a United Kingdom level two coaching certificate, said earlier this week that she is looking to toughen up the Sunshine Girls both physically and mentally. “At the moment, their fitness level is average, and they haven’t been training that hard. … . If we are going to compete with them (top rivals), then we will have to have that same sort of approach,” the coach said. The new coach is in the process of starting training regimes like gym work, running, teaching sessions and swimming to her squad over the next six months. Her plan is to have the team near the intensity levels of perennial top three teams; Australia, New Zealand and England. CAN BE NUMBER ONE “I am tough. I know where I want them to be. I think they can be at world number one, and I am gonna do my utmost to get them there, but I can’t do it without them. “They have to have the passion, they have to want it, and have to be able to see that they can get it,” she underlined. According to the head coach, the Sunshine Girls will need to be professional in all aspects. “I know where they are now, and I know where I want to get them to. Some of them may not like the end product, in which case they can choose to leave at anytime, but I am looking for committed athletes,” Allison-McCracken pointed out. She stressed it will be a lot of hard work to become world class athletes, adding that raw talent will not be enough. “Raw talent will get you so far, and it’s got them (Sunshine Girls) to number four. If they want to be competing with one, two, and three, then they have to put in the same amount of work as the Australians, New Zealanders and English, who are all professional athletes,” she told The Gleaner. The coach added that all netballers under her charge will have to begin taking their craft very seriously as athletes.