3 journalists given 5-month suspended sentences

first_img News Follow the news on Yemen February 11, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporters sans frontières has protested against the Yemeni court’s conviction of Abdul-Rahim Mohsen, Khaled Salman and brahim Hasan, who received suspended sentences of five months’ imprisonment. Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Reporters sans frontières has protested against the Yemeni court’s conviction of Abdul-Rahim Mohsen, Khaled Salman and Ibrahim Hasan, who received suspended sentences of five months’ imprisonment. “This verdict is a perfect example of the inconsistency in the Yemen between official statements about the freedom of the press, which is guaranteed by the Constitution, and what happens in practice. Journalists are regularly arrested and convicted for ‘defamation’ because they dare to write about taboo subjects such as sex, relations with ‘brother’ countries, Islam and the law,” writes Robert Ménard, the organisation’s Secretary-General, in a letter to Interior Minister Rashad al-Alimi. “We ask that these sentences be overturned, and demand the immediate release of the journalist who is still in prison,” he adds. As Reporters sans frontières recalls, over the past year two journalists have been arrested, three weekly publications closed down, and two journalists have been banned from publishing their work.The court in Sanaa sentenced Khaled Salman, editor of the daily Al-Thawri, the paper of the opposition Socialist Party, and two of the paper’s journalists, Abdul-Rahim Mohsen, who is also a writer, and Ibrahim Hasan, to suspended sentences of five months’ imprisonment on 4 June 2002. They had been charged with incitement to “religious sedition” and “harming national unity” following the publication of a series of articles in February. The charges were brought by the Ministry of Information. The journalists have appealed. However, although Khaled Salman and Ibrahim Hasan have been released, Abdul-Rahim Mohsen remains in custody. He was arrested on 23 May 2002, and had also been detained briefly earlier in the month. The Interior Ministry has refused to disclose details of where he is being held or for what reasons, but this would appear to be in connection with articles he has written criticising government corruption, violations of human rights, and the wave of arrests following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the United States.Khaled Salman was a supporter of the south Yemeni separatists during the 1994 civil war, as a result of which he still has problems with the police today. On 30 April, the Interior Minister, Rashad al-Alimi, and the Minister of Information, Hussein Daifallah al-Awadi, warned journalists and Arab and foreign correspondents against propagating false information that could damage the image and interests of the country. Rashad al-Alimi declared at that time, “Only the Interior Ministry is authorised to made statements about the country’s security.” And he warned that legal action would be taken against those who failed to comply. YemenMiddle East – North Africa United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF YemenMiddle East – North Africa to go further Organisation News RSF_en News June 5, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 3 journalists given 5-month suspended sentences Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more January 6, 2021 Find out more Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosionslast_img read more

Football: Biegel to miss 2-4 weeks after surgery to repair fractured bone in foot

first_imgFifth-year senior linebacker Vince Biegel is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having minor surgery Thursday night to mend a cracked bone in his foot.Biegel’s father, Rocky, told ESPN.com that the Wisconsin captain had been playing on the injury for a few weeks and finally had X-rays on the foot Wednesday that determined he would need to put in a screw.Football: Wisconsin announces kicker Rafael Gaglianone out for season with back injuryThe University of Wisconsin football team announced Thursday afternoon that junior kicker Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the Read…Biegel is the undisputed leader of a Badger defense and linebacker core that ranks 16th in the nation in rush defense and ninth in total defense. The news is especially alarming considering the team faces the toughest schedule in the country in the month of October, with the worst of it coming Saturday at No. 4 Michigan and at home against No. 2 Ohio State Oct. 15.Head coach Paul Chryst and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox have several options to replace Biegel until his return. The most likely will be moving junior Jack Cichy from inside linebacker to outside and replacing him with sophomore Ryan Connelly on the inside. The second option could be plugging in redshirt freshman Zack Baun and splitting reps with junior Garret Dooley in the meantime.The news of Biegel’s absence comes only half a day after it was announced that junior kicker Rafael Gaglianone would miss the rest of the season after sustaining a back injury two weeks ago against Georgia State. The two will be sorely missed for a Badger squad that now looks to take on the brunt of one of their toughest Big Ten schedules in recent memory without two of their biggest leaders.last_img read more

South Florida Man “Having a Bad Day at Work” Calls in Bomb Threat

first_imgA South Florida man who was having a bad day at work decided to phone in a bomb threat so he could get out of it, says the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Officials arrested 36-year-old Richard Hamilton of Miramar last Thursday and charged him with making a false report of a bomb.According to a probable cause affidavit, he was working with a construction crew at Wellington’s water treatment center at about 7 a.m. when deputies arrived to investigate a bomb threat.Deputies say Hamilton made the 911 call from his cellphone, prompting an evacuation of the water treatment facility building.Initially, Hamilton told deputies he lost his phone, but later “took full responsibility for making the bomb threat call,” the affidavit states.“Richard stated that there was no bomb and that he made the threats after having a bad day and wanting to get out of work,” the affidavit continues.Palm Beach County jail records show that Hamilton was released from jail on Friday on a $10,000 bond.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Selects

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the squad with Team of the  Week accolades.The squad includes coach Lisa Ranta, Adam Strautman, Kyle Kabatoff, Moss Caney, Jacob Robinson, Dante Cimolai, coach Greg Haydu, Lachlin Klammer, Noah McBriar, Ryan Pearce, Solance Patenaude, Xavier Moore, Quinn Tondu-Mcdonald, Matteo Faraguna, Tanner Ranta, Nicholas Haydu, Rohan Moola and Nate Hernandez. The Nelson Selects U12 Boys Soccer squad made it a weekend to remember, travelling recently to attend the West Coast Cup tournament in Langley.The Selects finished with a 0-2-2 record, playing four very close ball games against opposition from Langlely, North Delta and Maple Ridge in the U13 Silver Division.The tournament was the first taste of provincial competition for the team and, playing on the Lower Mainland, the Selects got the opportunity to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game.last_img read more

10 months agoSevilla forward Luis Muriel happy to make Fiorentina loan move

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel happy to make Fiorentina loan moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla forward Luis Muriel is happy to have made a loan move to Fiorentina.Muriel is joining the Viola on-loan to the end of the season.“I am very happy to be here,” Muriel told reporters as he arrived for a loan move with option to buy.“I had already spoken to Fiorentina and gave my word to them some time ago, so now I am here. I am really eager and cannot wait to get started.“Returning to Serie A is very important to me, as I know this style of football well. I can’t wait to get out there and start proving myself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoArsenal defender Sokratis apologises for Watford error

first_imgArsenal defender Sokratis apologises for Watford errorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sokratis has apologised for his mistake in Sunday’s draw with Watford.With the Gunners up 2-0, the Greek defender had his pass intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu which lead to Tom Cleverley getting Watford back in the game.”Today’s result is not good for us,” said the 31-year-old on Twitter.”I feel responsible for this result, so I would like to apologise to all of you. I don’t like to hide, and I will keep working hard in order to achieve our goals.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Gov’t Committed to Making Adequate Provisions for the Elderly – Minister Kellier

first_imgStory Highlights Government is committed to implementing policies and programmes for the nation’s senior citizens Statistics indicate that senior citizens make up more than 11 per cent of the population Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government is committed to implementing policies and programmes geared towards ensuring that adequate provisions are made for the nation’s senior citizens.Mr. Kellier informed that Jamaica’s population is ageing rapidly, noting that statistics indicate that senior citizens make up more than 11 per cent of the population, with this number predicted to more than double by 2050.The Minister, who was speaking at a tree planting ceremony at the STIM-PLUS Early Childhood Development Centre in East Kingston on Tuesday, September 17, noted that the government has been monitoring the demographic trends and is in the process of developing policies to provide effective social protection for all its citizens.“We have to ensure that the roles for our senior citizens are clearly marked out and that their lives will not end at retirement, but that they will continue to be useful citizens as time goes by,” he stated.“In other words, we need to realise that older persons are valuable resources in our society and the country stands to gain from an empowered older generation with the potential to make tremendous contribution to the development process,” the Minister added.The tree planting ceremony was organised by the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) as part of activities for Senior Citizens’ Week 2013. The week is being observed from September 15 to 20, under the theme: ‘Seniors – An Asset to National Development’.Mr. Kellier, in commending the NCSC for staging the event, said that planting a tree is symbolic gift of life from one generation to the next.Executive Director, Early Stimulation Programme, Antonica Gunter-Gayle, expressed gratitude to the NCSC for the gift of a cherry tree, promising that the staff and students of the centre will cherish the plant for years to come.Mrs. Gunter-Gayle noted that the tree planting represented a coming together of the young and old in preserving Jamaica’s natural environment.The NCSC (formerly the National Council for the Aged) is an agency of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security with the mandate of advising the Minister on all matters concerning the welfare of persons aged 60 years and over. The Minister was speaking at a tree planting ceremony at the STIM-PLUS Early Childhood Development Centre last_img read more

Chinas March trade weakens surplus with US at 154B

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s global trade balance swung to a rare deficit in March as exports shrank but its surplus with the United States, the centre of a worsening dispute with Washington, stood at $15.4 billion.Exports contracted 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to $174.1 billion, down from the 24.4 per cent growth for the first two months of 2018, customs data showed Friday. Imports rose 14.4 per cent to $179.1 billion, though that was down from 21.7 per cent growth in January and February.“The upshot is that the latest trade data suggest that both domestic and foreign demand held up well in March,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.The trade surplus with the United States contracted 13 per cent from a year earlier, while China’s global trade balance swung to a $5 billion deficit.President Donald Trump has approved a possible tariff hike on $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Trump is demanding Beijing take steps to narrow its trade deficit with the U.S., which Washington says stood at a record $375.2 billion last year.China runs multibillion-dollar monthly surpluses with Europe and the U.S., which helps to offset deficits with Japan, South Korea and developing countries that supply industrial components and raw materials. The global trade balance often slips into deficit for one month early each year as factories restock following the Lunar New Year holiday.“The biggest risk going forward is clearly that the current trade tensions escalate to the point where meaningful tariff barriers are erected,” said Evans-Pritchard. “But even if this is avoided, trade looks likely to soften slightly over the coming quarters given that global growth now appears past its peak and China’s own economy faces rising headwinds from tighter policy.”Chinese President Xi Jinping announced market-opening measures including a cut in import taxes on autos and an easing of controls on foreign ownership in China’s auto industry.The Commerce Ministry denied Thursday that had anything to do with the dispute with Washington and said negotiations were impossible while Trump was threatening tariff increases on a possible $100 billion list of additional goods.Forecasters have been expecting Chinese economic growth to weaken since late last year after regulators tightened controls to cool a boom in bank lending and real estate sales they worry is driving a dangerous rise in debt.Meanwhile, China’s trade surplus with the 28-nation European Union, its biggest trading partner, shrank by half from a year ago to $3.6 billion.___Online:General Administration of Customs of China (in Chinese): www.customs.gov.cnlast_img read more

Alberta pipeline incident rate fell in 2017 energy regulator reports

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says there were hundreds of pipeline safety incidents in the province last year but the rate has improved significantly in the past decade.In its annual report on pipeline performance, it says incidents fell by nearly half, from 800 in 2008 to 417 in 2017, despite the total length of provincially regulated pipelines growing by 11 per cent to 426,000 kilometres.Twenty-six of the incidents in 2017 resulted in high consequences — which could include more than 200,000 litres of liquids released, the release of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas, impacts on flowing water or injuries to wildlife.That’s down from 29 in 2016, as the total number of incidents dropped by six per cent in 2017 from the previous year.About 80 per cent of incidents had low consequences, which means less than 20,000 litres of liquid spilled and it affected less than 100 square metres of land and no water bodies.Incidents are defined by the AER as leaks from faulty fittings or installation, releases from auxiliary equipment, damage from something hitting the pipeline even if no leak results, minor leaks and ruptures.The AER says nearly two-thirds of pipeline incidents resulted in less than 1,000 litres being released.It says internal corrosion remains the leading cause of pipeline failure.last_img read more

Jennifer to end acting break

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Jennifer Lawrence is set to return to the silver screen. According to The Wrap, the actor, 28, will headline a motion picture for IAC FILMS and A24 with Lila Neugebauer at the helm for the project for her first feature, with Elizabeth Sanders writing the script, reports dailymail.co.uk. The Oscar-winning star is a producer on the project along with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Justine Polsky. Principal photography is set to commence on the film in New Orleans in about two months. Lawrence’s last theatrical release was 2018’s Red Sparrow. Now, the actor is slated to appear in Dark Phoenix alongside Sophie Turner, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.last_img