Denial of justice and jail sentences for Bahraini news providers

first_img News November 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Denial of justice and jail sentences for Bahraini news providers Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest to go further News March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News Read in Arabic A Manama appeal court yesterday upheld journalist Reem Khalifa’s conviction on a trumped-up charge of physically attacking two women doctors and insulting a third after a Manama news conference in July 2011. The charges were brought against Khalifa after she accused the three doctors, who are government supporters, of attacking and insulting her. She will have to pay a fine of 100 BD (210 euros) and a total of 500 BD in compensation to the doctors (BD 200 to each of the two she allegedly attacked and BD 100 to the one she allegedly insulted)The appeal court’s decision is just the latest in a series of rulings that demonstrate the Bahraini judicial system’s complete lack of independence. The court did not examine the evidence provided by Khalifa’s lawyer.On 23 October, Reporters Without Borders asked the United Nations special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers to look into Police Lt. Sarah Al-Moosa’s acquittal by a Manama court the previous day on charges of torturing and mistreating Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed, a correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Daouliya, at a Rifaa police station on 22 May 2011.In another court decision yesterday, Internet user Ali Al-Haiki was sentenced to four months in prison on a lèse-majesté charge for messages he posted on Twitter. He is one of four netizens who were arrested on 16 October on charges of defaming public persons on social media. All four pleaded not guilty when their trial opened on 22 October.The first to be convicted was Abdullah Al-Hashemi, who was given a six-month jail term on 1 November for “insulting the king.” The other two, Salman Darwish and Ali Mohamed Watheqi, were sentenced to a month and four months in prison respectively on 5 November.The court also ordered the confiscation of the computers and mobile phones of all four cyber-activists. According to the interior ministry, the police are still looking for a fifth person.Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda, the vice-president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and head of its documentation unit, was released today, 12 days after being arrested in Diraz (west of Manama) while investigating the use of violence to disperse a demonstration earlier the same day.Immediately after his arrest, Muhafda was taken to a police station in Budaiya (further to the west) and was interrogated there. The next day, he was taken before the prosecutor general, who ordered him denied for seven days for “participating in illegal demonstrations” although Muhafda categorically denied the charge.The prosecutor general extended his detention for another seven days on 10 November. Although the charge was participating in illegal demonstrations, he was mainly questioned about the interviews he gave during Bahrain’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September (Read the statement released by Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders).Demonstrations in Bahrain have been banned “for a limited period” since 30 October. The ban – which violates the constitution and runs counter to the UPR recommendations in September, which the government accepted – has been strongly criticized by the United States and the UN secretary-general. Follow the news on Bahrain RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information Organisation BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News October 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

County Chairman admits club fixture deadline will be under pressure

first_imgDue to a backlog of games last year The Premier has no representation in the Munster Senior Football club championship with Loughmore -Castleiney only being crowned county winners on Saint Stephen’s Day.Speaking at the first county board meeting of 2015 last night County Chairman Michael Bourke told Tipp Fm’s Darren Hasset that Tipp’s rising dual county status does limit the available fixture space for clubs.last_img

Dodgers rout Rockies, but clinching party will have to wait

first_imgLos Angeles >> Wait … for … it.The Dodgers did their part, shaving their magic number to clinch the National League West down to 1 with a 14-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies Saturday night.Then they turned their attention south – well, their full attention. Even Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted before the game they would have “one eye on the scoreboard” all night, following the second-place San Francisco Giants’ game against the San Diego Padres.After blowing a 6-0 lead behind their ace Madison Bumgarner — just the latest in a second-half series of self-inflicted wounds — the Giants won, 9-6, in 10 innings, keeping the champagne on ice in the Los Angeles clubhouse for another night. “I don’t know what it was eventually but you saw 6-0 at one point,” Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw said. “I knew Bumgarner was pitching so I knew that our chances were slim. They gave us a lot of hope there for awhile. But we’ll save it for tomorrow, I guess.“I think we all probably would have rather just done it tonight. But we’ll make it work for a day-game celebration hopefully.”The Dodgers had plenty to celebrate Saturday night regardless of the outcome in San Diego – most prominently, the apparent return of Kershaw to his pre-DL form.The left-hander retired the first 11 Rockies in order. A replay review kept his perfect game in order when Tony Wolters’ infield single was overturned and he was called out on a scoop-and-flip straight from the glove of second baseman Chase Utley in the third inning.Nolan Arenado broke up Kershaw’s perfect string for good when he did beat out an infield single on a ground ball into the hole. Kershaw gave up two more harmless hits on his way to seven scoreless innings. Kershaw didn’t walk a batter – of course, he didn’t – while striking out six, running his season total to a ridiculous 168 strikeouts against only 10 walks.Afterward, Roberts proclaimed Kershaw 100 percent recovered from his 75-day stay on the DL with a herniated disc in his back.“I think so,” Roberts said. “That’s a guy that you obviously never want to bet against. With the work that he put in with the training staff and the strength and conditioning coach to get back to where he is – mentally, he’s as tough as I’ve ever seen.“Physically, I think he’s where he needs to be.”Roberts said Kershaw’s fastball command and the depth of his slider as indications Kershaw had returned to form.“Physically, I feel good,” Kershaw said. “But there are some things to work on pitching-wise. Just trying to get more consistent all the way around.”He completed seven innings for the first time since June 20. The Dodgers had a starting pitcher go seven innings just three times in the three months that separated Kershaw’s two seven-inning outings.“Seven’s kind of the low benchmark of what you want to do as a starting pitcher,” Kershaw said. “Seven there’s only two to cover. Seven’s kind of the minimum goal for a starting pitcher, kind of in my head as far as what I want to do.“Tonight with the game the way it was I understand coming out of the game in that situation. Hopefully get one more, get the pitch count up there and be ready to go.”Kershaw’s revival has been more dramatic and fraught with importance for the Dodgers than Josh Reddick’s. But the outfielder acquired from the Oakland A’s along with Rich Hill at the trade deadline has made his own comeback.The Dodgers’ 14-run, 13-hit pounding of the Rockies included Reddick driving in five runs with three hits – a double, an RBI single and a grand slam.While going 11 for his first 79 (.139) as a Dodger, a frustrated Reddick joked about the “baseball gods” making it up to him later. That payment is apparently being made and Reddick playfully pointed to a statue of Jobu (the fictional god from the ‘Major League’ movies) in his locker after the game Saturday.Since the Dodgers’ August 31 doubleheader in Colorado, Reddick is 25 for 62 (.403) with seven extra base hits (five doubles, two home runs), 11 runs scored and nine driven in.“Just gotta keep grinding,” Reddick said. “I didn’t change anything. I knew it was some bad luck and some bad swings thrown in there as well. I’m getting some of that luck to turn around and making fewer bad swings.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Prestigious moment for India as Arathi Arun wins 5 gold at the Commonwealth Powerlifting…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANIAdvertisement 96rNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vse3dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb1wc3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 33gor1Would you ever consider trying this?😱6tr9Can your students do this? 🌚9mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Arathi Arun, the powerlifter who made India proud in the Asian Powerlifting Championship 2019 held in Hong Kong by winning a gold medal, has done it again as she secured a total of five golds in the ongoing 2019 Commonwealth Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships hosted in Canada.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANICompeting in the 72 kg M1 category, Arathi is one of the 28 powerlifters participated in the tournament, from various countries such as England, Wales, Sri Lanka, Australia ahnd the hosts Canada. The championship lasted from September 15th to 21st.Arathi, who hails from Chennai, spoke to Ani: “I am the only woman who has taken part in both Asian platform and Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship. It is a very proud thing for me.”Advertisement A dentist by profession, and also a mother of two, Arathi said that she did not receive the honour she expected on return.“After winning, I expected a lot of appreciation and support but I was not appreciated and was not given much support. So, that is a letting down, as a sportsperson, at the end of the day when you come back to your motherland, you expect appreciation, you expect your people to love you and respect you for what you have done for the country.” she lamented.Advertisement However, Arathi told that it will not curb her spirit, as she wants to continue thriving for glory.“I will not stop; the fire in me is not going to stop. I am going to take part in the World Championship that is going to come in South Africa but if I am getting support from the government that will be an added bonus to me and I will really appreciate it,” she added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Wranglers wrestle Keystone Cup away from Knights

first_imgA goal at 12:39 of the third period by David Jantzie snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Wranglers to the title.Sherwood Park held a 1-0 lead after one period before Blackfalds tied the contest in the second.Sherwood Park outshot the Wranglers 44-34 but goalie Tanner Schalin stood tall in the nets to lead Blackfalds to the victory.In the bronze medal game Saskatchewan’s Pilot Butte Storm scored four times in the final 40 minutes to knock off the Panthers from Victoria 5-3.Richmond Sockeyes and 2010 KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies had won the Keystone title the past two years.The Arborg Ice Dawgs of Manitoba and Thunder Bay of Ontario were the other teams at the tournament. There will be no three-peat for B.C. at the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior B Hockey supremacy.Cyclone Taylor champ, Peninsula Panthers of Victoria, lost out in the bronze medal game to the Pilot Butte Storm. The Panthers finished the round robin in third spot with a 3-2 record.In the final, Blackfalds Ford Wranglers of Lacombe defeated Alberta rival and host Sherwood Park Knights 2-1 in the final to claim the Keystone Cup.last_img read more

Barzal powers Giants past Kootenay Ice

first_imgMathew Barzal showed Kootenay hockey fans why he was the top selection last spring in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.The Coquitlam native rang up 11 points on the weekend as the Vancouver Northeast Giants swept a two-game B.C. Hockey Major Midget League series from the Kootenay Ice 11-2 and 7-1 at the Castlegar Complex.Barzal, the current BCMMHL scoring leader with 66 points in 21 games, opened the two-game set with an eight-point performance — one goal and seven assists — in Saturday’s opener.Barzal, who last season played for the Burnaby Winter Club, was drafted first overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds.Sunday, it was Edmonton Oil Kings draft prospect, Colton Kehler, providing most of the offence for the Giants with four goals. Brandon Sookro of South Slocan, who scored twice for the Nelson Leafs Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action against Creston, notched the lone goal Sunday for the Ice in the second period.Saturday, Tristan Pagura and Coy Prevost, both of Kimberley scored for the Ice.Adam Maida of Nelson and Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale were the goalies for the Ice.The Giants hold a slim two-point advantage over the Okanagan Rockets in league standings.The Ice, 3-19-2, is tied for 10th in the league with the Thompson Blazers.Kootenay is idle until the New Year when the Ice travels to Kamloops to face the Blazers.Next home action for Kootenay is January 26-27 when the Prince George Cougars visit the NDCC arena in Nelson.last_img read more

Somalia Drive People Again? Now Stealing LEC Power

first_imgWhat is wrong with these Somalia Drive people? They are bent on being totally unpatriotic, frustrating every government effort to bring development to the country.Who are they anyway? Why are they so anti-development, fighting every effort the Liberian government and its international partners are making to help fix this war-ravished Liberia?Scarcely a year ago, they were found obstructing the construction work on the four-lane highway linking the Free Port of Monrovia and the rest of Bushrod Island with Paynesville Red Light. Our Japanese friends, the government and people of Japan, are giving Liberia a wonderful gift of a four-lane highway to connect the Free Port ofMonrovia, the major point of import into the Liberia, to the rest of the country. It is from the Free Port that goods imported into the country are transported not only to the Red Light, but far beyond, to the central, western and southeastern parts of the country.This highway is also intended to ease the embarrassing and vexing traffic congestion the hundreds of thousands of residents around the Somalia Drive and its neighboring housing estates must travel every day on that decades-old corridor from the Free Port and the rest of Bushrod Island to Paynesville, other parts of Monrovia and to the Liberian interior for work, school and business.As though the Ellen government had committed a crime against them by convincing our Japanese friends to construct the highway, these Somalia Drive residents started setting up roadblocks in the way of the construction sites and insisted on conducting their market businesses in the middle of these sites. Where in the world would anyone find people so selfish and unpatriotic as to obstruct development?But worse yet, these Somalia Drive residents started stealing the crushed rocks and sand that the builders had purchased and hauled in for the construction! This is not only unpatriotic but criminal behavior.And to prove to all Liberians and to the world that these Somalia Drive people are not interested in development and are prepared even to commit crime in pursuit of their nefarious (wicked) deeds, they started stealing the very electricity that the government is striving so hard to provide, after the 14-year civil war and the destruction of the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric plant and other electrical facilities that plunged Liberia into darkness. Who now are those making moves to prevent the Somalia Drive power thieves from prosecution? Those so involved are also accomplices and should, along with the actual power thieves, be swiftly brought to justice. We commend the LEC team, led by its Deputy Managing Director for Commercial Services, Madam J. Famatta Carlon Sirleaf, for their gallant efforts in busting this criminal gang of power thieves on Somalia Drive. We urge DMD Sirleaf not to rest until all involved are brought to justice. This will serve as a deterrent. We cannot sit idly by and permit LEC’s efforts to be frustrated and Liberia to remain in perpetual darkness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s Constitution: youth weigh in

first_img12 April 2016Almost 100 young South Africans aged between 19 and 22 were asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation how the Constitution and Bill of Rights affected their lives. Their answers are on display at the foundation in an exhibition entitled My Constitution.“I’m very pleased that young people are as outspoken about the Constitution as they are,” said Denis Goldberg, anti-apartheid activist and Rivonia trialist, who attended the launch on 17 March in Houghton, Johannesburg. “Some are for it, some are against, but they speak out with integrity.”See more:The foundation’s chief executive, Sello Hatang, said that 20 years after its adoption, he was still amazed at what a remarkable document the Constitution was. Its authors had vision and foresight regarding the kind of society they wanted to build.“The one question that bothers all of us, that should bother all of us is. are we still on course?”Issues youth raisedAccording to Hatang, the exhibition gives a voice to young South Africans and “forces us to listen to their experiences over the past 20 years of how the Constitution has worked for them but, more importantly, where the Constitution has failed our people”.Gugu Mthethwa, one of the young respondents, said: “My Constitution makes me more responsible and mindful of the things I do, how I act towards other people and how I would like to be treated.”Others, such as Balungile Radebe, raised critical questions. “We are the born-frees. Are we free from HIV? Are we free from ridiculous fees? Are we free from oppression? Are we free from poverty? No.”Clive Makhetha said: “I value freedom of association. I can be with people I want to be with at any time or place. I’m not restricted.”My Constitution exhibition: giving a voice to young South Africans #myconstitution— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) March 20, 2016Constitution as post-conflict documentWandisa Phama, candidate attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, described the Constitution as beautiful when she spoke at the launch. “I think all of us in this room have a sense of the beauty of this Constitution and, as much as there are things that we can question, there are things that we can celebrate.“So when the foundation asked me to give a brief reflection of what it meant to be a young South African 21 years into our democracy, I thought to myself it meant a number of things – but what it means for each individual really depends on the lens that, as a person, you use to look at things.”Phama said each person’s lens was influenced by factors such as gender, socio-economic conditions, and race.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who served 10 years on Robben Island, explained that the Constitution was a “post-conflict” document. It was aimed at “moving us from a dark, dim and terrible past to an inclusive society that celebrates diversity”.The Constitution gave voice to every man and woman by giving them the right to take part in elections and decide who was in power.Quoting Frantz Fanon, the Afro-Caribbean philosopher, revolutionary and writer, Moseneke urged the youth “accomplish or betray their own mission”.“Mr Mandela and other great freedom fighters have not sold out,” he said. “They laid down beginnings that leave you with the clear mission to change your world within the values of a great Constitution.”This year marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Constitution being signed into law.Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are continuing to work the French market.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have asked about taking Faitout Maouassa on loan from Rennes.The 20-year-old left-back is currently on loan at Nimes and is expected to be called up to the France U21 squad for the European Championships this summer.Newcastle have also discussed a move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie but face competition from Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old former Tottenham man who is available on loan with option for a permanent deal. last_img read more

RCMP trying to locate stolen red sidebyside

first_imgred in colourin good conditionhas a windshield and roofhaving a box on the backThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen 2012 Big Red Honda side by side.On June 10, 2019, the side-by-side was taken from the 10400 block of Bison Rd, Cecil Lake, BC.  The side-by-side was believed to have been stolen sometime between May 18 and June 8, 2019.The side-by-side is described as:last_img read more