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Al-Wasat resumes publishing

first_img May 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Wasat resumes publishing Help by sharing this information Organisation The opposition newspaper Al-Wasat announced that its board had reversed its decision to close and intended to continue publishing. Closed by the information ministry on 3 May for allegedly disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation, it was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. Several of its journalists were also arrested (http://en.rsf.org/bahraini-and-syrian-authorities-04-04-2011,39946.html). center_img News RSF_en last_img read more

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EU leaders struggle for unified virus response

first_imgThey will also rubber stamp the suspension of EU deficit rules that will allow countries to spend freely to fight the virus regardless of deficits.The 27 leaders will in addition task EU officials to start work on an “exit strategy” and recovery plan to help rebuild the economy after the havoc wrought by COVID-19 and the drastic shutdown measures taken to fight it. ‘Indecently ideological’In their own call for EU solidarity, nine EU leaders ahead of the talks said any economic plan should include the launch of joint borrowing by members of the euro single currency.But that proposal was rejected behind the scenes by Germany, the Netherlands and other rich northern bloc members, who slam it as indecently “ideological” during a health crisis.France, Spain and Italy have long called for a some kind of eurobond, that is in effect joint borrowing by the 19 members of the euro single currency.They say it could serve as the bedrock of a safer and more unified European economy and would become a globally respected asset on par with the US Treasury bills.But wealthier members see the eurobond as an attempt by over-spending southerners to take advantage of cheap borrowing prices afforded Germany and other paragons of balanced budgets.Thursday’s summit will also take stock of measures taken across the bloc to promote the search for a vaccine.Europe has become the heart of the pandemic, with the death tolls in both Italy and Spain overtaking that of China, where the disease first emerged. “When Europe really needed to be there for each other, too many initially looked out for themselves,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of the talks.”When Europe really needed an ‘all for one’ spirit, too many initially gave an ‘only for me’ response,” she added, speaking at a sparsely attended session of European Parliament.The former German defense minister said Brussels was now trying to build a more singular approach and leaders will use video talks to put that into action.According to a draft statement, measures should include building an emergency stock of medical equipment and easing inter-EU border closures. EU leaders on Thursday will try to unify Europe’s scattershot response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has crippled Europe, with France and Italy calling for “corona bonds” to help jump start the economy.Hundreds of millions of EU citizens are holed up in lockdowns to help slow the pandemic that has killed more than ten thousand Europeans, mainly in Italy, Spain and France.Early on, member states privileged national responses by shutting borders, hoarding medical supplies and waving through major spending plans regardless of EU rules. Topics :last_img read more

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FCC makes Indiana broadband commitment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced that the Federal Communications Commission has awarded more than $29M in funding over the next 10 years to increase broadband speeds for 24,530 locations throughout the state.“Unserved and underserved rural areas in our state need high-speed, reliable Internet in order to keep Indiana’s economy thriving,” Crouch said. “Collaboration between federal, state and local entities will bring Indiana communities to the Next Level and I anticipate we will be working on building upon this progress.”Crouch said that the FCC is looking to close the digital divide between rural and urban America and has awarded almost $1.5B to unserved areas in 45 states. Fifty-three percent of the homes and businesses selected for coverage will receive download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second.“By helping over 24,000 locations throughout our state receive high-speed broadband access, communities will have more opportunities to grow and thrive,” said Scott Rudd, Director of Broadband Opportunities.Below is a list of providers who received funding in the state:Benton Ridge Telephone Company – $14,883,684.70 for 11,537 locations;Mercury Wireless – $1,400,844,80 for 7,371 locations;Orange County REMC – $10,200,496.30 for 4,046 locations;Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone – $1,182,425.70 for 359 locations;RTC Communications Corp. – $1,326,394 for 1,203 locations; andWisper ISP, Inc. – $123,648 for 14 locations.last_img read more

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Daniel A. Ertel

first_imgDaniel A. Ertel was born August 18, 1924 on the family farm in Spades, Indiana.  He is the son of Frances (Nee: Risselman) and Harry Ertel.  In March of 1943 he was drafted into the Army, spending three years in the service, the last 17 months overseas.  Part of the 603rd tank destroyer battalion, they were attached to the Third Army commanded by General George Patton.  On the front lines near Bastogne, Belgium, Patton addressed their battalion.  Dan was an assistant gunner in an M-18 tank responsible for loading anti-tank shells.  Toward the end of the war he stood guard over the German officers who were tried in the Nuremberg Trials for war crimes including Herman Goring and Rudolf Hess.After returning from the service, he married Edwina Weisenbach February 15, 1947 at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris.  Dan worked at Nobbe Motors, running the service station for 33 years.  He would later work 12 years at Hill-Rom as an  assembly worker.  Before being drafted into the war, Dan played on the Morris Tri-County League baseball team.  Primary a third baseman, he also played some shortstop and second base along with being the lead-off hitter.  Growing up during the depression and having lost his father at a young age, he learned to get by without spending much money.  His family teased that if you gave him $5 dollars, he’d likely still have it in his wallet a year later but he was also one of the most unselfish people you’d ever meet.He is survived by his wife Edwina of Morris; daughters Carol Trepkus of Fairfield, Ohio, Nancy (Bill) Baird of Nashville, Tennessee, Deborah (Stephen) Lowe of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Patti (Dan) Hoff of Batesville; sons Gary (Julie) Ertel of Indianapolis, Thomas Ertel of Batesville; sisters Phyllis Moeller of Hamilton, Ohio, Viola Grossman of Batesville; nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Eileen Salatin and brothers Herschel, Harry and Mark Ertel and Julius Schomber.Visitation is Wednesday, January 16th, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, January 17th at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the Morris Volunteer Fire Department.last_img read more

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Spread offense helps Wisconsin upend No. 7 Minnesota

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team needed all hands on deck on offense Monday night in a complete team win over No. 7 Minnesota, the first time in six years the Badgers have knocked off the Gophers.Wisconsin hit a .256 attack percentage, the second-best team percentage during this Big Ten season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said an important factor for the Badgers was whether or not they would be able to score points against a talented Gopher defense, but a spread offense was the key to a second-straight top ten victory.“I thought that was a really good team win,” Sheffield said. “We had a lot of help throughout our lineup, and that’s the way we’ve got to win. We might not have some of the superstars that some other teams have … but we’re just dependent on everybody.”Minnesota ranks second in the conference in blocks with 2.79 per game, but only blocked Wisconsin a total of seven times in four games. Minnesota boasts two of the top six blockers in the Big Ten in senior middle blocker Tori Dixon and freshman middle blocker Hannah Tapp.Minnesota also places third in the league in digs with 14.94 per set.Six Badgers registered a kill on the night, with four players accumulating double-digit kills. Junior outside hitters Deme Morales and Ellen Chapman led the Badgers with 15 and 14 kills respectively, combining for just seven errors on 76 attempts. Morales tallied seven kills in the fourth set on a .429 attack clip.Sheffield said Chapman and Morales were key reasons for keeping the Minnesota defense off guard.“With Ellen [Chapman] and Deme [Morales], I thought they did a great job of just working the ball around,” Sheffield said. “[They were] working the ball to different areas of the court, not just going after the same shot over and over again; just trying to keep the defense off balance.”In the game one loss, freshman setter Lauren Carlini had more success targeting junior outside hitter Courtney Thomas who accumulated five kills on nine attempts. Carlini also worked quicker offensive sequences by passing to her middle blockers in freshman Haleigh Nelson and junior Dominique Thompson, who combined for four kills and no errors.Carlini, who tallied 48 assists on the night, said the offense lacked the intensity at the start of the match to outscore the Gophers, who had 18 kills and just two errors in game one.“Sometimes in the first set, we just come out a little flat and without as much energy as we should,” Carlini said. “The last few games we’ve been coming out in games two and three and just being a lot more aggressive and a lot more vocal and having more energy, so that definitely helps.”After game one, more opportunities arose for Morales and Chapman to be more involved on offense. After hitting a combined .142 hitting percentage in the first game, the two hit .322 in proceeding games.Sheffield said Carlini’s overall decision-making was solid, but improved significantly as the match progressed. He said the team was getting a better feel of where to attack the ball as the match moved forward.Carlini said she constantly analyzes the opponent’s defense for weakness, but said it was helpful that she had several options at the net who were hitting for high percentages.“Find the hitter and seeing what the blocking on the other side was doing,” Carlini said. “We had some good matchups that we were able to expose on their side.”Chapman said that the team’s strategy is to target the weaker areas of the defense and adjust throughout the match. In Wednesday’s match, it was a strategic decision for Carlini to target the middle blockers more often, but then passed often to the outside hitters when the opportunity arose.Chapman also said Wisconsin’s serving allowed the team to cash in on easy points when Minnesota couldn’t attack aggressively at the start of points.“Our serving kept their energy down a lot because they were always out of system,” Chapman said. “We did a really good job transitioning out of those easy attacks and then just putting the ball away, which raises the energy on our side.”Morales said that Wisconsin thrives when the team can rely on anyone, especially in matches against upper echelon Big Ten teams, to make big plays in any situation.“I think it was a complete team effort in this match which kept the momentum high,” Morales said. “There wasn’t one person who had to keep carrying the momentum for the whole team.”last_img read more

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