Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has noted the release on 18 April of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He was arrested on 2 April for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia on the Internet.————————————————————————–13.04.2006 Saudi journalist arrested for criticising religious extremism in his countryReporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He has been held at a police station in the northern city of Hail since 2 April, apparently for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia.“The arrest of a journalist for expressing his views on the Internet is simply unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also deplore the lack of transparency in this case. No one knows what he has been charged with. He has not been allowed to receive a visit from a lawyer or his family although he has been held for more than a week.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to King Abdullah to intervene and have this journalist released. The time has come for him to show that he is sincere in his pledges to carry out reforms in the kingdom.”Reached by a family member at the time of his arrest, Al-Quwai said the police were “investigating the beliefs he had expressed in his writing.” The Saudi authorities have confirmed his arrest and have said he will be tried. But they have not said what the charges are.Al-Quwai received death threats last November over website articles that were considered too liberal. He wrote that Islam was interpreted in too strict a fashion in Saudi Arabia and that this had contributed to Al-Qaeda’s popularity there. Someone smashed the windscreen of his car, leaving a note saying: “Next time it will be you.” The police never investigated this incident. April 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism Help by sharing this information News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance March 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MONDAY.Todays READERS POLL question is:   Do you feel that Councilman Dan McGinn has done a creditable job as Finance Chairman of City Council?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributeFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Former U.S. trade rep shares tools for successful multiparty negotiations

first_imgTextile imports from China. Trade gaps with Japan. Pirated music in Canada. World Trade Organization technology tariffs. These are just a few of the issues Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky negotiated as United States Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001. On October 3, Barshefsky came to Harvard Law School to share her experiences with students in the Advanced Negotiation Workshop taught by Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ’97 and Lecturer Rory Van Loo ’07, director and assistant director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP).Barshefsky’s stories clearly resonated with the HLS students. “Her negotiation toolbox is overflowing, and we all became more strategic negotiators today because she was willing to share these tools,” said Alexis Beveridge ’13.“Ambassador Barshefsky’s stories of success and challenge as a negotiator, both while she was the U.S. trade representative and since then, brought to life some of the central themes of multiparty negotiation,” said Bordone. “Hearing her deconstruct her approach to goal-setting and preparation demonstrated the discipline and perspective-taking that make for great negotiators.”Read the full story on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dino Babers on ACC coaches teleconference: ‘Lamar’s going to get his’

first_img Published on November 15, 2017 at 12:27 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Babers said Jackson does “everything” better than WFU QB John Wolford, who racked up 502 total yards last week in SU’s 64-43 loss. Syracuse allowed a season-worst 64 points and 734 yards against. Wake Forest’s spread, no-huddle offense clicked via run-pass options, which Jackson has practically mastered at the college level. And Wednesday morning, Babers said that he thinks Jackson is having a better season than he did last year.“That’s not good for us,” Babers said. “We need to find a way to play team defense.”Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday that Jackson may not be able to exploit the SU defense the same way Wolford did. Petrino said most teams UofL has played this season draft up different defenses specifically for Jackson, who is averaging 418 total yards per game (393 in 2016). He is 11th in the country in passing yards, 25th in passing efficiency and fourth in points responsible for.“All year long people have come in with a different game plan for Lamar,” Petrino said. “Lamar’s been very good at adjusting, understanding the fronts, coverages, who they’re trying to get to … we’ll need to be aggressive early.”Other notes from Babers’ teleconference:Babers said he believes junior quarterback Eric Dungey is getting better and is hopeful he can play at Louisville. Dungey did not play against Wake Forest. On Monday, Babers said: “If he’s capable, I expect him to go.”On the WFU loss, during which Syracuse blew a 17-point lead: “I think they’re a little embarrassed. I think they’ve got a bad taste in their mouth.”On backup QB Zack Mahoney, who threw for nearly 300 yards in the first half against WFU but was picked off twice in the second: “When he’s on, we’re capable of scoring a lot of points with him. Hopefully we get first-half Zack and not second-half Zack.”Babers on personnel: “We have to play more people. We’ve got to get more people in there especially when you don’t have the depth that we have. With the amount of snaps offensively and defensively we have, you have to rotate those guys in there so they’re fresh at the end of the game.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Led by Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Louisville scored three touchdowns last year against Syracuse — on its first five plays from scrimmage. Head coach Dino Babers addressed the performance on the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference on Wednesday morning.Jackson, then a sophomore, was effective with his zone reads against SU’s Tampa-2 defense, racking up 199 yards on 21 carries for four touchdowns. That was just on the ground. He threw for another 411 yards and one TD, which came on the first play of the game.Against the Orange inside the Carrier Dome, Jackson became the second player in FBS history to record 400 passing yards and 150 rush yards in a game. He was one rushing yard short of becoming the first player in FBS history to run for 400 yards and pass for 200 yards in a single game. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) will be tested again as Jackson plays what’s likely the final home game of his college career for Louisville (6-4, 3-4).“I don’t even know if you can control the guy,” Babers said. “It’s like the (Michael) Jordan Rules: Lamar’s going to get his … you try to stop everything else if you’re going to win against those guys. That guy is so dynamic, he’s so hard to stop by himself.“Last year he ran all over us and he threw all over us. He got both parts in last year … people were taking pictures (with him) out of the stadium after the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe massive container of humanitarian aid leaving Ireland yesterday thanks to the people of Donegal.A huge container of aid destined for an orphanage in Belarus yesterday left Ireland – thanks to the generosity of the people of Donegal.The huge lorry contains more than 15,000 nappies, several hundred bags of children clothing, shoes, toys and vital medical equipment.Some of the massive consignment of nappies as well as medication, toys and clothing.And the aid will go directly to the 170 children in the Vesnova orphanage who have little if anything we take for granted on a daily basis.The aid was organised by Myrtle Doherty from Ramelton who worked tirelessly t gather the aid.Donegal Daily put out an SOS on behalf of Myrtle a few weeks ago and the response has been simply amazing.From the moment our article went up, she revealed how her phone began to ring and ring.And yesterday’s container-load of aid is proof, if it was ever needed, that the people of Donegal have huge hearts.Myrtle yesterday thanked all those who contributed in any way towards the aid.“We greatly appreciate the generosity of all those who contributed. This will change the lives of these children in so many ways and all for the better,” said Myrtle.TO BELARUS WITH LOVE! DONEGAL PEOPLE SEND MASSIVE AID CONTAINER TO ORPHANAGE was last modified: May 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aidBelarusdonationDOonegalMyrtle Dohertylast_img read more

VT League Finals

first_imgIn a big day of Touch Football action, the league will play its elimination finals, semi finals and grand finals on Saturday in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The Women’s elimination finals will start the day at 1.00pm, with the Casey Cougars taking on the Melbourne University Northern Blacks, while the Eastern Falcons will go straight through to the semi finals. The semi finals will be played at 3.00pm, with the winner of the Cougars versus Blacks game playing the team that finished the season on top of the ladder, the Melbourne City Lions. In the second semi final, the Eastern Falcons will meet the second placed team of the season, the Bayside Vipers. The winner of the two semi finals will progress through to the grand final to be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s elimination finals will be played at 2.00pm and will see the Melbourne City Lions play the Casey Cougars, while the Bayside Vipers will meet the Eastern Falcons. The winners of these two games will face the Melbourne University Northern Blacks and the Western Dodgers in the semi finals at 4.00pm, with the two sides finishing the season in first and second places respectively. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm and will be followed by the official presentations at 8.00pm. The day will also feature the ‘Dash for Cash’ and a high ball competition which is open to all and is sure to entertain. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Victoria and VT League read more

NRL Touch Premiership: ladder update

first_imgThe results from this weekends games were:Men’s:2 Titans v 0 BroncosWomen’s: 8 Broncos v 7 TitansBelow are the NRL Touch Premiership Ladders, as they stand following this weekend’s games.Make sure you get to the next games:Tigers v Knights at ANZ Stadium (21 July 2018)Grand Final at CBus Super Stadium (29 July 2018)last_img

10 months agoBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launched

first_imgBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launchedby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have launched their plans to bring PSG star Neymar back to the Nou Camp this summer.Driving the deal is Barca chief Andre Cury, who was crucial in Neymar’s original move from Santos to the LaLiga giants.Neymar has made it clear he is eager to return – and now Barca are putting plans in place to make the deal happen.Radio Catalunya reports Cury met with the player’s minders before Christmas. He has also since held talks with super agent Pini Zahavi, who is part of Neymar’s entourage, along with Alvaro Costa, who is a close friend of the player’s.Neymar wants to return and the feeling is mutual inside Barca where the players and coaching staff would happily welcome him back. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoArsenal defender Chambers determined to be first-choice for Emery

first_imgArsenal defender Chambers determined to be first-choice for Emeryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Calum Chambers is determined to be a first-choice for manager Unai Emery.The England international has begun the season impressively.He said, “I think to establish yourself here, you need to play week in, week out. It’s the same at every club you go to. When you’re playing week in, week out that’s when you really establish yourself to the team and the fans.”That’s a goal I want to push for, it’s one of my aims, so I’ve got to figure out how I can do that. I need to work on things off the pitch to help me achieve that, that’s the aim for this season.”I feel good, I’ve had a good summer, pre-season’s gone well and I’ve settled back in nicely with the lads and the new manager. I’m ready for this season ahead, I’m ready to fight and ready to give everything to this team. I’m excited for the season ahead and what we can achieve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Police to Benefit from Energy Efficiency Project

first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is set to benefit from the implementation of an energy efficiency project, aimed at cutting energy costs in the public sector. The pilot project, which forms part of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (STEM) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, will see conservation strategies being carried out at selected police stations and departments across the island. Speaking atthe first in a series of energy efficiency and conservation workshops for members of the JCF held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on February 28, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Leon Rose, said the programme is designed to reform energy management in the force. He said the initial stage of the project will see approximately six police departments, including the Mobile Reserve Unit in Kingston, being retrofitted with a number of energy saving measures, such as lighting fixtures and insulated windows and doors. He noted that following this exercise, the entities will be monitored by the JCF’s Conservation Unit and the Energy Ministry to ensure effective use of the strategies. ACP Rose said the long-term goal is for all JCF facilities across the island to benefit from the programme.“This will involve retrofitting, and in some instances, where necessary, refurbishing of selected police buildings,” he said.Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington said the JCF embraces the project and is committed to partnering with the Ministry to reduce the country’s energy bill.He noted that in recent years, the organisation has worked to strengthen its management capabilities in the area of conservation, pointing out that every police formation now has an energy officer.“For us to be chosen as the pilot organisation in this regard, is a signal of recognition of the effort which has been made in the JCF over the last few years and our continuing commitment to this strategy of conservation and exploiting alternatives for energy supply,” he stated.The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which was launched in May 2012,is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through funding support of some US$20 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The main objectives of the project are to: enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and implementation of cost saving measures in the public sector; to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining for implementing energy efficiency measures; to invest in energy efficiency and conservation measures in the public sector; and to increase awareness among key public and private sector stakeholders.last_img read more