Updated: Researchers rally around science advocate convicted in Egypt

first_img *Update, 13 September, 5:15 p.m.: A new letter of support for Serageldin includes 90 Nobel Prize winners, 20 heads of state, and some 150 scholars. More information can be found here. The court will hear his appeal next week. Here is our original story from 11 August:Scientists, engineers, and others are hoping an Egyptian court will reconsider a prison sentence given to one of the nation’s most prominent science advocates. Last week, in a surprising outcome, an Egyptian judge sentenced Ismail Serageldin, founding director of Egypt’s Library of Alexandria, to 3.5 years in prison for financial misdemeanors. Serageldin has appealed the 31 July verdict, and this week more than 180 scientists, engineers, physicians, and public figures issued a declaration of support (in Arabic) on his behalf.Serageldin directed the library, also known as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and its 14 affiliated research institutes and museums, from 2001 until he retired this year. Previously, he worked as an economist at the World Bank and chaired the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, which helps steer a global network of research facilities.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)After the 2011 revolution in Egypt, several employees at the library accused Serageldin and three colleagues of misusing public funds. Of 118 charges, the judge dismissed all but three: not giving some employees enough work, improperly canceling life insurance policies, and improperly renting out cafeterias at the library. Supporters of Serageldin expected the Court of Misdemeanors in Alexandria to also toss out those charges. But the judge instead sentenced Serageldin to prison; his colleagues received 6- to 18-month terms. In a statement posted on Facebook on 1 August, Serageldin wrote (in Arabic) that he had “adhered to all local and international laws.” Serageldin expects to be back in court next month for a hearing on his appeal. Meanwhile, he remains free.Farouk El-Baz, a space scientist at Boston University and member of the library’s advisory board, is optimistic that the appeals court will overturn the conviction. “It will be OK,” he says. “His hand is clean and his conscience is clear.” D.shennawy/Wikimedia Commons By Erik StokstadSep. 13, 2017 , 5:15 PMcenter_img Ismail Serageldin Updated: Researchers rally around science advocate convicted in Egyptlast_img read more

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John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’

first_imgJohn Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. AFPLos Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton made it known last week that NBA players would be after his prized rookie Lonzo Ball due to the hype surrounding him.READ: NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hypeADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Tale of 2 brothers: 1 victim, 1 rescuer in Vegas shooting Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups “He’s a great kid from what I’ve seen on the outside looking in,” Wall said. “A lot of people in this league are going to take it personally. It’s not the son’s fault. He went back and had a better game.That’s all he’s gotta do is go out there and play. He’s not gonna do any talking anyway. If he gets killed or don’t get killed or kills somebody, he’s not going to be the guy talking.”After a rather uninspiring NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ball bounced back with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in a victory against the Phoenix Suns.He followed the performance with 8 points, 8 boards and 13 assists in a loss against the Pelicans on Monday.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ahead of the Washington Wizards matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, John Wall echoed the same sentiments on the young point guard, whom he’ll be facing off for the first time.When asked about his thoughts on the 19-year-old UCLA product, Wall once again addressed the impact of Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, who lit up headlines in the off-season with his often outlandish remarks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I think his dad put him in a situation where guys are going to target him,” the four-time NBA All-Star said on the “Wizards Tipoff” podcast. “Lonzo is one of those kids that is very talented. He’s been a good player for years, he just don’t say much. I think his dad does all the talking for him.”Although he does not share the same admiration for the Ball patriarch, Wall admitted that Lonzo is a special talent with a possibly bright future in the league. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View commentslast_img read more

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Idea behind getting Karun Nair is to open with Cheteshwar Pujara, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia Test captain Virat Kohli today gave a clear indication that Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to come back into the playing XI as an opener alongside KL Rahul in the series-deciding final Test against Sri Lanka.Pujara last played for India against Australia in the ‘Boxing Day’ Test at Melbourne but since then have been out of favour in the last four matches. Kohli also indicated that rookie Karun Nair may also be tried out.  Also read: Always enjoyed batting with Kohli, says KL Rahul “Looking at these conditions, the reason behind getting someone like Karun Nair in was, we can have Cheteshwar Pujara open. He is pretty solid, and with the new-ball he has opened in the subcontinent before. I remember a couple of Tests where he has opened for India. That was the whole idea behind it,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference after India’s thumping win in the second Test here.”And we have another exciting guy in Karun Nair coming in. But the idea behind it was getting Pujara to open along with Rahul and then that gives us even more batting options to play around with,” said the skipper.In the end, the Indian skipper reaffirmed his faith in this young team and highlighted its ability to be flexible as a big asset going into a series-deciding match.”We will try to stick to the same batting line-up. You need to figure out who’s playing well at that point and who can handle a particular position well. I think for a player it is important to figure out who could perform better at a position at that stage. I was talking about that flexibility we have in our batting order.advertisement”Ajinkya can bat at nos. 3, 5 or 6. We know that Rohit can bat at no. 3 and 5. Both can bat well with the tail. The kind of versatility we have in our batting order that everyone is ready to bat at any position and that kind of mindset is important to win Test matches,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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Trent Boult doubtful for day-night Test against Australia

first_imgNew Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult is in doubt for the day-night third test against Australia, starting at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, because of a back injury.Left-armer Boult was unable to bowl in New Zealand’s just-completed tour match against West Australia because of an irritated disc; the same injury suffered by his new ball partner Tim Southee during the first test at Brisbane.Southee quickly recovered to bowl in the second test at Perth but head coach Mike Hesson said Boult will have to demonstrate full fitness by Wednesday to be considered for selection.Hesson said Boult is “going to have to bowl flat out, two days out from the test. If he’s able to get through that then he’ll be considered for the test.”last_img read more

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Pakistan team will only improve under a foreign coach: Mohammad Yousuf

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain, Mohammad Yousuf has advised the appointment of only foreign coaches and support staff for the national team in order to improve its performances in the future.”I tell you the performances of the players and team will only improve under a foreign coach and support staff,” Yousuf said on Friday.His advice came after Pakistan lost to England in the limited over series in UAE and slipped down the ICC ODI and T20 rankings.It has also slipped to fourth in the Test rankings.”If the present scenario continues Pakistan will go further down because next year you have to go to England and Australia for full series,” Yousuf said.But at same time the former batting stalwart made it clear that foreign coaches like Dav Whatmore or Geoff Lawson who were afraid to take tough decisions and pandered to local players and officials to save their jobs should not be entertained again.”Such coaches are not required you need an established coach someone like the late Bob Woolmer who did a lot to improve our overall cricket mindset and team.”Yousuf said he didn’t see things improving under present head coach Waqar Younis.”No, I don’t think much will change. He has massive ego problems and personal likes and dislikes and he works on an agenda where he doesn’t want senior players in his side.”I don’t think he can change himself so it is for the PCB to decide what they want to do. We all have a lot of respect and admiration for Waqar as a player but as a coach he has failed not once but twice. He has not learnt from his mistakes in his previous tenure,” Yousuf said.advertisementThe former captain said it had become a joke the way rapid changes were made in the Pakistan limited over sides in recent times.”You don’t debut 12 to 13 players in all three formats in just eight months despite having senior players who just need to be given more confidence and backing by the team management and selectors.”I don’t understand what future Waqar talks about when he is wasting and discouraging available talent.”last_img read more

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Europa League: Chelsea fight off Slavia to join Arsenal in semis

first_img Maurizio Sarri’s side were made to sweat though as two sublime, quick-fire goals by Petr Sevcik just after half-time gave Slavia hope of an incredible comeback with 35 minutes still to play. Chelsea eventually saw off the threat to progress 5-3 on aggregate despite an unconvincing second-half display. “We have been efficient up front and solid at the back but we dropped our intensity after the break,” Giroud, who scored his competition-leading 10th goal, told BT Sport. “We started very badly in the second half but I’m really, really happy because we played well in the first 45 minutes and we are in a European semi-final which is very important to us,” added Chelsea boss Sarri. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Pep Guardiola gets Frank Lampard Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy. Leading 1-0 from last week’s first leg in the Czech capital, Chelsea appeared to be cruising towards the last four after an early goal blitz at Stamford Bridge. Pedro struck the opener on five minutes before an unfortunate Simon Deli turned into his own net and Olivier Giroud added a third with barely quarter of an hour gone in London. Tomas Soucek pulled one back for Slavia on 26 minutes, but Spain forward Pedro replied immediately to restore the Blues’ three-goal lead.Related News Sixth straight win lifts Chelsea to 2nd spotlast_img read more

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Cannavaro: Milan, Inter need time

first_imgSerie A Cannavaro: Milan and Inter have the resources but need time Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:04 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Milan-cropped Getty Images Serie A Milan Internazionale v Milan Internazionale Patience is needed with Inter and AC Milan in their quest to return to the Serie A summit, according to the former Italy international Ex-Italy international Fabio Cannavaro said former club Inter and AC Milan need time before they can challenge for Serie A honours.Inter and Milan have taken a back seat to rivals Juventus, who are seeking a seventh successive Scudetto this term, but both clubs are hopeful of returning to the top of Italian football.Inter 12/1 to win Serie A with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. New Chinese owners have renewed faith among Inter and Milan supporters, with the former level on points alongside second-placed Juve, while the Rossoneri are seventh amid an underwhelming start to the season.Cannavaro insisted patience is required as Inter and Milan bid to get back to the Serie A summit.”They have financial resources and they will always be fighting for the biggest objectives,” Tianjin Quanjian head coach Cannavaro told Premium Sport.”But it will need time in order for them to organise themselves.”Napoli, for example, have arrived at their level after 10-12 years.”Bitter city rivals Inter and Milan will lock horns at San Siro on October 15, following the international break.last_img read more

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Rahul Yadav, Ashmita Chaliha lose in qualifying round of Vietnam Open

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Ho Chi Minh CitySeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 22:28 IST Rahul Yadav in action(@Hyd_Hunters)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Yadav made a positive start, beating Taipei’s Su Li Yang 21-16 21-14In women’s singles qualification round, Ashmita Chaliha lost 13-21 16-21 to Wei Ya Xin to bow outOn Wednesday, Siril Verma will face Malaysia’s Iskandar ZulkarnainIndian shuttlers Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and Ashmita Chaliha failed to make it to the main draw of the Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 here on Tuesday.In the qualifiers, Rahul made a positive start, beating Taipei’s Su Li Yang 21-16 21-14 before losing 24-26 15-21 to Japan’s Shota Omoto in the men’s singles second round.In women’s singles qualification round, Ashmita lost 13-21 16-21 to China’s Wei Ya Xin to bow out.On Wednesday, Siril Verma will face Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain and Siddharth Pratap Singh crosses swords with Jia Wei Tan of Malaysia in men’s singles.Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka takes on Asuka Takahashi of Japan, Vrushali Gummadi squares off against Korea’s Sim Yu Jin and Riya Mookerjee meets Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po in women’s singles main draw.Also Read | I’ll be marked now, need to find new strategy every time: SindhuAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Rahul YadavFollow Vietnam Open Next Rahul Yadav, Ashmita Chaliha lose in qualifying round of Vietnam OpenRahul Yadav made a positive start, beating Taipei’s Su Li Yang 21-16 21-14 before losing 24-26 15-21 to Japan’s Shota Omoto in the men’s singles second round.advertisementlast_img read more

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Forest Hills Extension to Close for Night Work

first_imgStarting Monday, June 10, the Forest Hills Extension, between Highway 118 and Main Street in Dartmouth, will be closed to traffic at night to repave, widen and install centre-line rumble strips. During weekdays the extension (Highway 107) will be closed from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. On the weekends, the road will reopen at 8 a.m. “By doing this work at night, the province is able to maintain normal traffic flow during the busy daytime hours,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This reduces the inconvenience to the majority of drivers who use this road and helps keep workers and drivers safe.” A detour will go to Highway 118, Highway 111, and Main Street and a number of signs will be onsite to alert drivers to the road closures. The $3,365,002 project was awarded to Dexter Construction and will take about 40 days. This work is part of the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan and the jobsHere economic development plan to create jobs and improve highway infrastructure for residents, visitors, businesses and industries. The province has invested more than $1.1 billion in capital highway construction since 2009. To view the plan, go to www.gov.ns.ca/tran.last_img read more

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Stand by Marathwada like Sardar Patel Uddhav tells PM Modi

first_imgMumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stand by the state’s Marathwada region like how the country’s first home minister Sardar Patel did. Thackeray, speaking in Aurangabad, also made a reference to the Marathwada Mukti Sangram, a people’s movement that demanded the region, at the time of Independence a part of the Hyderbad Nizamate, be merged with Maharashtra. The success of the Marathwada liberation movement, along with several others, is seen as part of Patel’s exemplary contribution in assimilating hundreds of princely states into the Indian Union at the time of Independence. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC After a violent struggle, the arid Marathwada region finally got separated from the Hyderabad Nizamate on September 17, 1948. “Modi should stand with Marathwada the way Patel did during Independence,” Thackeray said. Reviewing the drought situation in Marathwada, the Sena chief said several farmers have not benefited from the government’s crop insurance scheme and asked the authorities to do the needful to pass its benefits to cultivators. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Marathwada, comprising eight districts including Aurangabad, has traditionally been a low-rainfall area and is currently facing a severe drought. He also spoke on the defeat of Sena candidate and four-time MP Chandrakant Khaire from Aurangabad, one of the strongest seats of the saffron party, in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Khaire, MP since 1999, was defeated by a thin margin of 4,492 votes by the AIMIM’s Imtiyaz Jaleel. “Khaire’s defeat is my defeat. We will take back the seat next time,” Thackeray said. The Sena has held the Aurangabad seat since 1989 expect for one term in 1998 when the Congress’ Ramakrishna Patil won.last_img read more

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