RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the situation of media freedom in Yemen, where another journalist was killed while covering the war on 29 May and ten journalists held by the Houthi rebels have reportedly been moved to an unknown location. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses According to Yemeni media reports, Ma’reb Press website correspondent Abdallah Azizan was killed on 29 May while covering clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Bayhan, a town in Shabwah province 300 km east of the capital. He is said to have been killed by sniper fire from the Houthi side.The families of the journalists detained by the Houthi rebels have been quoted by the local media as saying they have been transferred from Habra prison to an unknown destination. Held by the Houthis for nearly a year, these journalists began a hunger strike on 9 May.“We condemn the disastrous state of media freedom in Yemen,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Journalists are being targeted by all parties and cannot cover the war without risking their lives. We call on the Houthis to free the detained journalists and we remind all parties to the conflict of their duty to protect all civilians including journalists.”It has become extremely difficult to cover the situation in Yemen and to obtain reliable information because many journalists have fled the country or their hometown, or have chosen to stop working as journalists.According to RSF’s tally, Azizan was the fifth journalist to be killed since the start of the year in Yemen. He was preceded by Mohammed Al Yemeni, who was killed on 21 March while covering clashes in the city of Taiz. A total of eight journalists and media workers were killed in the course of their work in 2015.Yemen is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Ten journalists held by Houthi rebels are on hunger strike May 24, 2016 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further Help by sharing this information News News Organisation May 31, 2016 Yemeni reporter killed covering clashes, ten others missing February 18, 2016 Find out more Journalist shot dead by sniper in Taiz Mounting dangers for journalists in Yemen January 25, 2016 Find out more
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSupport Johnstown sports, bus serviceTwo years in a row, only 60 percent of the school system’s budget was approved.Cuts were made and as a result our kids’ education rights were watered down.This year, our sports programs were dropped except for the transportation costs.Other important non-sports programs were also dropped or curtailed.A sports booster group is trying to raise $311,000 to resurrect sports on an “all-or-nothing” basis.Our student-athletes won’t have the means to properly develop like at other schools.A fundraiser is scheduled on Aug. 24, but fall practices start before then.I strongly suggest Johnstown fans and friends to get out a check right away to Johnstown Purple and Gold, 1 Sir Bill Circle, Johnstown, NY 12095.If our sports opponents could agree that Johnstown play all games at home, for this year only, put the approved transportation funds towards the $311,000 required.We could reciprocate by playing all away games in the near future.No scheduled bus service in Johnstown is also an issue. Johnstown refused to pay the Gloversville Transit System’s increased annual charge.Buses run through Johnstown, but there are no scheduled stops. The two mayors of both cities have said they would study the situation, but nothing has happened.The Fulton County Office of the Aging runs buses for qualified people, with limited service.The Gloversville Transit System runs one para-transit bus, but only for qualified people.There are two taxi companies in Gloversville that come to Johnstown.Can someone help?Tom FarnanJohnstownWhitney brought her light to manyCreative Magic Sunshine. That is my name for Marylou Whitney.I met Marylou, briefly, at the champagne flight of the Concorde in Schenectady. I won a Concorde flight for the celebration.Later, I received an invitation to her summer gala at her Cady Hill Estate and a copy of her husband’s book, “A Year with a Millionaire.”Many readers are jealous of Mrs. Whitney. They call her “a media headlines glutton.”I defended her in print. Her kind deeds (charities) make many a heart glow.Creative Magic Sunshine is Mrs. Whitney’s name.Rob CurtissSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Gov Wolf: Medicaid and CHIP Recipients’ COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Resources are Covered Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state’s Medicaid program, Medical Assistance (MA) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment for recipients and is lifting some prior authorization requirements to ease access to necessary testing and treatment. There are no MA or CHIP copayments for laboratory tests for COVID-19. For those services that do have copayments, MA providers may not deny services if a beneficiary is unable to pay the copayment.“We are prepared to mitigate COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth, and part of this mitigation includes ensuring that anyone who needs to be tested for COVID-19 can access the test,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “No Pennsylvanian should forego testing for any reason, if deemed medically necessary, including fear of what it might cost.”The MA and CHIP programs will pay for COVID-19 testing when a health care practitioner determines it is needed, and prior authorization is not required. While there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, the MA and CHIP programs cover a broad range of services that help relieve symptoms.The Department of Human Services reminds Pennsylvanians that Medicaid enrollment is year-round and if anyone is currently uninsured, they should go to compass.state.pa.us to see if they qualify for Medicaid.“We are pleased to make this announcement today and thankful to our partners at the Centers for Medicare for Medicaid Services and our managed care organizations for working with us to ensure that anybody who needs to be tested for COVID-19 will have no barriers to the test,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller.Providers and patients can consult the Medicaid FAQ and CHIP FAQ for more information and answers to common questions related to medical assistance coverage and COVID-19 and information on who to contact if consumers need more information.The Wolf Administration recently released guidance through the Pennsylvania Insurance Department outlining resources available and coverage for COVID-19 testing through commercial health insurers. Read more on common questions related to commercial insurance coverage and COVID-19 here.Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 11, 2020
Sergio Aguero scored four goals and missed a penalty as Manchester City saw off Tottenham in a thrilling match to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.Two of Aguero’s goals came from the spot, and he went home with the match ball despite being denied a hat-trick of penalties by Hugo Lloris’s fine stop.Spurs had Federico Fazio sent off on his league debut, but the game hinged on a brilliant 65th-minute penalty save from City keeper Joe Hart, who denied Roberto Soldado with the score at 2-1.The win means City close the gap on Chelsea to two points, but Jose Mourinho’s side can restore their five-point margin with victory over Crystal Palace.City ended the game as emphatic winners but they were pushed hard by an enterprising Tottenham team who, inspired by the impressive Christian Eriksen, played a full part in a breathless encounter.Aguero was the star of the show, however, and he struck his first goal of a magnificent individual performance to give City the lead after 13 minutes. The Argentina striker collected a Frank Lampard pass on the left-hand side of the area after Erik Lamela lost possession, and cut back to bend a fierce low shot into the opposite corner.A frantic first half frequently saw chances in quick succession at either end, so it was appropriate Spurs levelled just over 90 seconds after falling behind.Again the goal came after a defensive mistake, with Fernando brushed off the ball after taking a heavy touch and Soldado feeding Eriksen to fire in a shot that Hart could not keep out.Eriksen was causing problems every time he got the ball but, sadly for Spurs, they were being given an even sterner examination by the pace of City’s attacks down the wings and the movement of Aguero and David Silva in the middle.Though centre-back Fazio was making his Premier League debut for Spurs, it was Younes Kaboul who looked the novice, while Lamela continued to struggle whenever he was asked to track back.And it was from Lamela’s clumsy challenge on Lampard that Aguero was given a chance to quickly restore City’s lead from the spot, which he did with a cool finish into the bottom-left corner. The game continued at a frantic pace, but Lampard only lasted until the 28th minute, when he was carried off with what looked like a thigh injury.Without him, City did not lose their attacking momentum and Aguero should have completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark, after Kaboul tripped Silva.This time, however, he fired his penalty down the middle and Lloris denied him with an outstretched leg, with the Argentina striker’s acrobatic follow-up flying over.Lloris was being given little protection by his defence but continued to thwart Aguero, making a series of fine stops either side of the break.Hart was also being kept busy but there was no doubt over his stand-out save, which came after Martin Demichelis tripped Soldado and referee Jonathan Moss awarded the third penalty of the match. Lampard was taken off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a thigh injurySoldado was denied by Hart, who flung himself to his right to push it to safety, then denied the striker again from close range seconds later.The City fans celebrated those moments as loudly as either of their first two goals, and were soon cheering again when Aguero finally scored his third.Fazio pulled back the striker as he looked to get on the end of a Jesus Navas cross and, after the Spurs defender was sent off, Aguero resumed his duel with Lloris, this time firing successfully to the keeper’s right. Tottenham’s 10 men continued to attack, but with less threat than before, and City soon made sure of the points.Fittingly, it was Aguero who netted, beating the offside trap before angling his finish past Lloris.James Milner fired against the post in the closing minutes as City pushed for a fifth goal but, by then, the result was no longer in doubt.Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “It’s a very good victory for us. It’s always difficult to come back from the international break. We played well, we scored four goals and I don’t know how many chances we had.”We must now start to think about Champions League. We are going to Russia [to face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday] to try to win. For me it’s a good pressure to win all the games when you have a good team. We made five or six changes. I trust a lot in this squad.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “I think the first penalty after we scored made it difficult for us. We played 70 minutes when we were always in the game. Manchester City have very good players. The result was bad but there are a lot of positives to take.”The first penalty for me was ridiculous but we need to accept the decision. We need to review the game – my feeling was it is not a red card. A lot of things happened. It’s difficult to analyse.”We always believed it was possible to get a point.”
Jordan Ayew is set to have a third manager at Aston Villa this season as French manager Remi Garde has left his position at the club by mutual consent.The Frenchman has struggled since taking over from Tim Sherwood in November and leaves the Midlands club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with 16 points.Villa are nine points from safety and Eric Black will take over as acting manager until someone permanent comes in.The club’s official website released a statement saying: “Manager, Rémi Garde, has today left Aston Villa Football Club by mutual consent.”The Club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Rémi for all his efforts during a difficult period and wish him well in the future.” – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports