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Judicial sham must end with acquittal of all Al-Jazeera journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution to go further This is now scheduled to happen tomorrow after two postponements since 30 July. The three journalists were released provisionally in February after being held for more than 400 days.Peter Greste, who is Australian, is being tried in absentia after being deported back to his country of origin under a presidential decree in February.Charged with “supporting a terrorist organization” and disseminating “false news,” the three journalists were given sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison at the end of their first trial in June 2014. Five other Al-Jazeera journalists, including two Egyptians, were tried in absentia at the same time and were given ten-year jail terms.In January 2015, the Court of Cassation ordered a retrial on the grounds that insufficient evidence was presented at the first trial.“The trial of Al-Jazeera’s journalists, which also seems to be a political trial of Al-Jazeera itself, is symptomatic of the state of freedom of information today in Egypt,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We urge the Egyptian authorities to terminate the trial by dismissing all charges against the journalists. This judicial sham must end with everyone being acquitted.”The Egyptian regime is past master at silencing dissent, usually in the name of national security and combatting terrorism. The latest example is the censorship of three newspapers in the past two weeks for articles critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.With at least 15 journalists detained in connection with their work, Egypt is the world’s fourth biggest prison for media personnel (after China, Eritrea and Iran) and is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the acquittal of Al-Jazeera English journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste when the Cairo court that has retried them finally issues its verdict. Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa August 28, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial sham must end with acquittal of all Al-Jazeera journalists Organisation RSF_en News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Professor Christine Gerrard announced as LMH interim Principal

first_imgAs Principal of LHM, he implemented a fully-funded Foundation Year scheme aimed at supporting applicants from under-represented groups. He told Cherwell that its establishment was the part of his principalship he was most proud of. Professor Gerrard’s main area of research are political literature and women’s writing in the eighteenth century. She teaches period papers covering literature written between 1550-1830, and has a teaching interest in American literature from 1680-1900. “I will remain committed to ensuring that LMH pursues its goals of academic excellence, inclusion and diversity. We will be continuing LMH’s Foundation Year pioneered under Alan Rusbridger’s tenure.  “Prof Gerrard has spent most of her academic life at LMH and the College will be in very safe hands.  I hope that my successors, like my predecessors continue to stay true to the LMH ethos of righting wrongs and including the previously excluded.” Professor Gerrard told Cherwell: “My immediate priority is helping LMH students and staff to return to normality after a challenging and difficult year of Covid-19.  I’m looking forward to getting everyone back on site as soon as permitted, and enjoying all the brilliant teaching and the special social and physical facilities that LMH has to offer. Mr Rusbridger told Cherwell: “I hope LMH has a clearer identity as a welcoming and inclusive college. That was, of course, how it began – as a college to include people who had been excluded from an Oxford education. 140 years on, admitting women to Oxford no longer seems a very radical idea – but it was strongly resisted at the time. It feels as if we are now having the same argument over admitting candidates from under-represented backgrounds. Alan Rusbridger became Principal in 2015 after stepping down as Editor-in-Chief at The Guardian. Professor Christine Gerrard, current Vice-Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, will act as interim Principal once Alan Rusbridger steps down at the end of September 2021. In an email sent to LMH students, Rusbridger said “She [Professor Gerrard] embodies the values of the College and will continue to further establish LMH’s reputation for academic excellence, diversity and inclusion. She and I will be working closely to ensure a seamless transition when I leave.” Professor Gerrard will hold the position from October 1st 2021 until September 2022. Dr Fiona Spensley will act as Vice-Principal while the election for the next Principal is held. “LMH has been fortunate to enjoy a period of strong and visionary leadership and we will be looking to build upon Alan’s achievements.”last_img read more

State of Emergency Declared in Kingston, Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – A second state of emergency (SOE) has been declared in Jamaica, this time in the capital city of Kingston.On Sunday during a press conference, Prime Minister Andrew Holness that an SOE is set for the Corporate Area police division of St Andrew South.Holness told journalists during a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, that he advised the Governor-General Patrick Allen on the recommendation given to him by the heads of the security forces.“In St Andrew South the main cause of death is caused by gangs. Violence is at epidemic proportions in Jamaica … the main cause of death is gangs, dons and guns,” the Prime Minister said. Holness also added that 70 per cent of all murders being committed in Jamaica are gang-related.From January 1 to June 29, this year, there were 94 murders in St Andrew South, up from 79 for the corresponding period last year.Currently, there is a state of emergency in effect in the western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James.In January, a year-long state of public emergency expired in St James. The tri-state SOE was declared on April 30 of this year.In describing the overall crime situation nationally, especially relative to murders, Holness declared that “This is an epidemic and no one should tell that the country should be satisfied with it”.“The truth is that the level of crime is above the capacity of law enforcement to (effectively) respond. There have been 11,000 murders in the last eight years, and we do not have enough investigators,” said Holness.Many citizens have criticized the Holness administration’s decision to implement the State of Emergency, saying that move is just a cover for no real crime-fighting plan. But Holness has defended his decision, stating that “the Government is employing not just one strategy, but a raft of strategies that must complement each other”The measure will be in force initially for 14 days pending approval by the Houses of Parliament for an extension.last_img read more

Former slugger Dave Parker coping with Parkinson’s

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven-time major league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Parker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012. Parker’s condition was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.“I went in for a physical, went through the whole physical and my hand was shaking,” Parker said by telephone. “The docs saw it and I said I’ve been having problems with that. They said ‘Yeah, you got Parkinson’s, that’s how I found out.”Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder that gradually takes a toll on the nervous system. Notable figures with the disease include Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox. The 62-year-old Parker said his older sister is also suffering from Parkinson’s. The 1978 National League MVP is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, including at least an hour a day on his bicycle.He got in his usual round of golf on Wednesday, rushing a bit to beat afternoon thundershowers.“I’m managing it pretty well,” he said.Nicknamed “Cobra” because of his lethal bat and cannon-like arm, Parker hit 339 home runs during a 19-year career with five teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped Pittsburgh win the 1979 World Series and was named MVP of the All-Star game that year after a pair of outfield assists helped the National League pull out a 7-6 victory.Parker won another title with the Oakland A’s in 1989, when he hit 22 homers and drove in 97 runs at age 38. He is still active in the game, occasionally working as a hitting coach. Parker said he believes the Pirates, in first-place in the NL Central, are ready to end two decades of losing.“I know the fans are used to winning when I played,” Parker said. “They desperately need a winning season. (Twenty) years of losing baseball is unacceptable as far as I concerned.  When I played, we threw everything out on the field and including the kitchen sink. It’s nice to see these guys doing the same.” Dave Parker (AP File Photo)last_img read more

Five Storylines to Watch This Season (Part 2)

first_imgYesterday, I broke down the first five storylines to watch for this season. You can read that here. Here are the remaining five storylines I think you should keep an eye on as the season progresses.5. The defensive tackle position“It’s not great in the inside,” Spencer told The Oklahoman. “It’s a concern. It’s going to be watched close to see who’s going to be able to play in a game. Those guys are going to have to play with some injury and some pain.Oklahoma State has plenty of talent at the defensive tackle position, but has hardly any experience. Mote Maile and Vincent Taylor have been named the starters. Behind them, Darrion Daniels, Eric Davis, and Ben Hughes will see plenty of time as reserves. I’m watching Daniels very closely. He’ll have a real chance to reach his goal of becoming the Big 12 freshman of the year. AdChoices广告4. Cornerback positionThe cornerback position has the exact opposite problem as the defensive tackle position – there are four guys who are legitimate starting quality corners vying for two spots. With that much talent at the spot, it will be hard to keep that much talent on the sideline or simply rotating between packages. I’m expecting to see Spencer roll out special packages against some of the high-flying offenses in which we see all four corners on the field at the same time. It’s going to be fun.3. True freshmen in the return gameMike Gundy made a statement last week when he released his depth chart for game 1, which named true freshman standouts Jalen McCleskey and Jeff Carr as starters on punt return and kick return, respectively.The Cowboys schedule is vanilla until they face Texas in Austin at the end of September. That’s three full games of live action before more stiff competition. Now you know why Gundy likes to schedule soft early in the season.2. The development of the running game and ‘The Killer C’sJake Trotter coined The Killer C’s, and I selfishly would love for that to catch on. (Carson, Childs, Carr). We know what to expect from Childs for the most part, but we will get a chance to see just how good Carr and Carson are very early on.I have a feeling it will be more of a two-headed monster with Carson and Childs as the 1-2 punch, and Carr getting snaps as a utility player. But Gundy says “We’d like to have him (Carr) up and running by the middle of October.” He could be more of a threat than most of us expect.1. NFL draft projectionsThat topic we all are quietly tiptoeing around … for now. Most draft experts have Emmanuel Ogbah going somewhere in the first round, and could jump into as high as the top 10 in some analysts eyes. Luckily, there won’t be too much anticipation. If you’re holding your breath for him to stay; stop. He’s leaving early.He isn’t the only guy who could depart early – Chris Carson is an absolute wild card. He has yet to see the field at the Division I level but if he has a breakout year, who knows what could happen.Not only does he want to get to the next level, he needs to get to the next level. If he looks good throughout the season, the whispers of an early departure will be inevitable.The real chatter about draft projections won’t pick up until the latter part of the season, but I expect plenty of noise by the time we reach November."Hey, you watching?" (Screencap/ Youtube)“Hey, you watching?” (Screencap/ Youtube) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Discover Dominicas new Canadian rep focused on travel trade

center_img TORONTO — The Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica’s official tourism authority, has appointed LMA Communications as its Canadian public relations agency.LMA says it will work to introduce Dominica to consumers as an unspoiled nature island with a vibrant culture and eco-adventures unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean.LMA will also focus on added travel agent and tour operator participation, web and online activities and increased visitor arrivals year round from key markets in Canada.“We are honoured to be the Canadian representative for the Island of Dominica,” said John Ozikizler, President and Partner of LMA. “Dominica is an undiscovered location for Canadian travellers and we intend to build consumer awareness through an integrated public relations plan and travel trade partner program.” Tags: Dominica << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more