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RSF calls for release of Omani journalist and writer Sulaiman Al Moamari

first_imgNews According to the local media, 42-year-old Al Moamari, who heads the national radio broadcaster’s cultural department, is being kept in solitary confinement by the Muscat section of the domestic intelligence agency, which summoned him for questioning on the evening of 28 April.“The authorities must give their reasons for arresting Sulaiman Al Moamari and must say where they are holding him,” said Alexandra El-Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We urge the Omani authorities to either bring charges against him, so that he has the right to a fair trial, or free him at once.”Many Omani and Arab journalists and writers have voiced outrage at his detention, which is seen as tantamount to enforced disappearance. Al Moamari enjoys a great deal of popularity in Oman because of his many radio broadcasts, his writings and pro-democracy views. A petition for his release has been posted on social networks.Censorship and obstruction of freedom of information are common in the Sultanate of Oman, which is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Suleiman Al Moamari – Al Balad Oman/Youtube RSF_en Two Omani bloggers freed after being held arbitrarily for a month April 8, 2015 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the arbitrary detention of Omani journalist and writer Sulaiman Al Moamari, who has been held in solitary confinement ever since his arrest by intelligence officials on 28 April without any official reason being given. News Omani authorities persecute online activistscenter_img to go further News Supreme court upholds one-year jail terms for five netizens News Follow the news on Oman May 12, 2016 RSF calls for release of Omani journalist and writer Sulaiman Al Moamari August 18, 2014 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 8, 2013 Find out more OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression last_img read more

UK Industry Bodies Give UK Floating Offshore Wind a Push

first_imgRenewableUK and Scottish Renewables met in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, 14 November, to debate future opportunities for UK’s floating offshore wind.The two industry bodies held UK’s first floating offshore wind conference in order to urge the sector to work together in building the next generation of floating offshore wind farms in UK waters and to secure the lead in future export markets for the technology, RenewableUK said.Bader Al Lamki, Executive Director for Clean Energy at Masdar, which is co-sponsoring the conference, said: “Deep-water locations often have the best wind profiles, which illustrates the long-term commercial potential of floating wind technology. The Floating Offshore Wind 2017 Conference brings this promising sector into focus, building on the positive momentum achieved with the launch of Hywind Scotland last month.”Besides Statoil and Masdar’s 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s only operational floating offshore wind farm, two further projects, Kincardine and Dounreay Tri, are being developed, adding 60MW to the country’s floating offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade.If these projects are delivered successfully, RenewableUK believes that the UK will have one-third of the world’s entire floating wind capacity, providing the country an opportunity to be the floating wind leader across the globe.According to RenewableUK, industry experts emphasise the potential for floating wind to follow the same cost reduction trajectory as fixed offshore wind, pointing out that cost savings from assembling turbines onshore before towing out to sea and the use of lower cost vessels also offer cost reduction opportunities. In addition, according to the association, using floating platforms means being able to position turbines further from shore in areas of greater wind resource.“Statoil has an ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to €40-60 per megawatt hour by 2030. Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (more than 60 meters) where traditional bottom-fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in the growth of offshore wind going forward,” said Stephen Bull, the Senior Vice President for Wind & Carbon Capture at Statoil, which is also co-sponsoring the event.Outside of the UK, France, Japan and the USA are also looking at opportunities to develop floating wind, RenewableUK said, adding that 80 percent of Europe and Japan’s offshore wind resources are in seas over 60 metres deep, thus can only be harnessed using floating offshore wind technology.last_img read more

SU’s forwards’ ‘willingness’ to defend has helped the Orange during 3-game win streak

first_img Comments Published on October 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Last Friday, then No.1-Wake Forest tried to bully Syracuse with physicality. Virginia Tech executed a similar gameplan a week earlier, so the Demon Deacon’s attempted to follow the blueprint on their first possession of the game. WFU’s 6-foot-2 forward Machop Chol glided down the pitch, pressuring the left side of SU’s formation.He was a step away from the box when an orange-and-blue striped blur charged and knocked the ball away from behind. Ryan Raposo, a forward known for dazzling with his offense, used his 5-foot-7, 139-pound frame to dispossess Chol. It established the tone of the impending 2-0 upset, the Orange’s first conference win in more than 700 days.“We did a good job of limiting their opportunities,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said after the WFU win. “That starts with the front guys.”No. 24 Syracuse (6-4-1, 1-3-0 Atlantic Coast) is riding a three-game winning streak in part because of its forwards’ — from Raposo to Hilli Goldhar to Massimo Ferrin — devotion in SU’s defensive third. The Orange currently rank 98th in goals against average. They’ve allowed 14 scores in 1030 minutes of soccer. Twelve of those goals, however, came in the season’s first 7 games. While the Syracuse offense starts to click, the defense has done its part. It kept Wake Forest and Ohio State — one of the best, and then one of the worst offenses in the country — off the score sheet. The Orange aim to prolong its winning streak in Kentucky on Friday at 7 p.m. when it takes on No. 11 Louisville (7-2-2, 3-1-1).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorEarlier this season, it was SU’s smaller players like Goldhar and Raposo that faced discomfort due to their size. Goldhar said he routinely got “kicked,” referring to getting knocked over by larger defenders. The Orange have countered with Raposo and Goldhar, using their speed to ambush opposing ball-handlers.With the game still scoreless in Syracuse’s 3-0 win over Ohio State on Oct. 8, the Buckeyes tried to switch play and cross the ball to the opposite side of the field. Raposo, playing in a deeper spot defensively, knocked the pass off its course when it reached its target and drew a foul.“It’s a willingness to make life uncomfortable for the opponent,” McIntyre said.The tactic worked in the first half of the Wake Forest contest. Multiple forwards pressed high and Raposo darted near the penalty box, corralling a loose ball and getting a shot on net. Generating more turnovers hasn’t been an emphasis, McIntyre said. Instead, the focus has been on positioning.In the second half of the OSU contest, McIntyre urged his forwards to maintain the defensive intensity. The Buckeyes earned a throw-in in front of the SU bench after a sustained bout of possession. McIntyre walked the sidelines with arms pointed at two white jerseys. He called for Raposo and Severin Soerlie, another first-year forward, to match up.“We keep drilling home that everyone has to work hard on the field,” senior defender Kamal Miller said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a forward, a winger or defender. You need to contribute defensively.”Ferrin, a junior transfer, this season has bounced around SU’s 3-5-2 as a midfielder, central forward and winger. In recent games, Ferrin has hovered near the penalty box, snuffing out short-corner attempts and kick starting breakaways.Orange goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert “appreciates” watching forwards make an impact in the defensive third. He’s noticed it drains opposing forwards of their stamina while simultaneously energizing the Orange. SU has fed off the momentum in the last week and responded to its most-recent failure.Following SU’s double-overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 28, Raposo and other players were distraught. The loss dipped Syracuse’s winning percentage below-.500 and put the Orange on the wrong end of a three-game winless streak.A change needed to be made. And then Syracuse limited Akron, the 22nd offense in the country, to one goal. Then Wake Forest, a team that had scored multiple goals in all of its previous games, was kept off the scoresheet. Then Ohio State, a team that’s scored five goals all year, was handled with ease. The forwards had stepped up on both sides of the field.“I got to contribute so (a loss like the Virginia Tech game) doesn’t happen defensively and offensively,” Raposo said.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more