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Journalist disputes court’s legality as trial opens

first_imgNews Organisation October 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist disputes court’s legality as trial opens ————————-25.10.2010Unjust trial : Preposterous charges, arbitrary arrests and physical attacksReporters Without Borders firmly condemns the preposterous charges brought against the Sabaa news agency reporter Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae, whose trial before a special state security court is due to start today, and calls for his immediate release.A specialist in covering Al-Qaeda, Shae has been charged by the attorney-general with inciting the murder of the president and his son, “belonging to a rebel group seeking to attack the country’s security” and “supporting it through the media and encouraging young people to join it.” His lawyers, who have not been allowed to visit him since his arrest in August, have said they will boycott the trial on the grounds that it is illegal and unjust.“Shae has been detained in an iniquitous manner that contravenes all the legal principles in force in Yemen and his physical condition has been undermined by mistreatment, torture and solitary confinement,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights since 1987, Yemen should respect his right to a fair trial.”Initially arrested on a Sanaa street on 11 July, Shae was released after being interrogated for several hours. He was rearrested on 16 August, placed in a Sanaa prison and then taken to a detention centre run by the intelligence services.According to his lawyers, he bore the marks of blows on various parts of his body when he was taken before a court on 22 September, and one of his teeth was broken. The court ordered him held for another 30 days on the grounds that further investigation was needed. That deadline expired on 22 October.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the continual attacks on journalists, especially by members of the security forces, who should be protecting them.Al Jazeera cameraman Mohammed Al-Said and correspondent Hamdy Al-Bakary were manhandled by police and briefly detained in the southern city of Aden on 24 October while covering the trial of five men accused of bombing the Al-Wahda sports club in Aden earlier this month. The authorities did not offer any explanation for the incident.Ghazi Al-Alawi, a member of the staff of the Aden-based newspaper Al-Oumana Al-Ahliya and a correspondent for the Al-Masdar Online news website, was beaten up by gunmen while covering an independence day celebration organized by the secessionist South Yemen Movement in Al-Habilin on 14 October. His camera was broken and he was taken to Radfan hospital for treatment to his injuries,The assault took place just hours after his newspaper reported that President Ali Abdallah Saleh had met secretly with Ali Mounassar Mohammed, the secretary of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party in Aden and leader of the South Yemen Movement, who was one of Alawi’s assailants. Journalist and human rights activist Tawakol Abdulsalam Karman, the head of Women Journalists Without Chains, was detained for three hours on 12 October for organizing and participating in a demonstration in solidarity with residents of the Jaachen neighbourhood in Sanaa who had been evicted by Sheikh Nafedh.A special court for press and publication matters fined Al-Nass managing editor Oussama Ghalib and reporter Fawzy Al-Kahily 50,000 real (165 euros) on 9 October on a charge of insulting and libelling the head of the Al-Mithaq Foundation for Publications, Adil Mohamed Qaid, by publishing documents in issue No. 20 of 2008 implicating members of the foundation in corruption. News News On the first day of his trial yesterday before a state security court, journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae challenged the court’s legality and said those responsible for his abduction and forced disappearance should also be on trial.His lawyers, Abdel Rahman Barman and Khaled Al-Anssi, attended the hearing as observers and reaffirmed their support for him, but refused to participate as his defence on the grounds that the trial was illegal. It was adjourned until 2 November.“This court is utterly illegal,” Barman told Reporters Without Borders. “Article 49 of the constitution forbids setting up special courts to try people. Furthermore, Shae was arrested and imprisoned without any official grounds being given. He was beaten in front of his family and forcibly taken away at night to an unknown location. His personal effects were seized by the police and furniture was smashed because of the violence used in the raid. And then a month went by without anyone knowing what had happened to him.”Abducted from his home by a special security unit on 16 August, Shae was held incommunicado for 34 days. The court ordered him moved to a state security detention centre on 22 September for interrogation. Barman said these detention centres had no legal basis, either under Yemeni law or under international law. They are not subject to any judicial control.Barman added: “Shae was kept in solitary confinement for a further month, in a room without a toilet. He was tortured and has a broken tooth. At no time during his detention have we had access to his case file or been able to question him. Human rights and Yemeni law have been flouted. This court was created by presidential decision. It is a direct creation of the executive. The prosecutor is judge and jury.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to free Shae at once and to abolish the special courts. 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Match the Hatch Prize Pack Giveaway

first_imgThis contest is complete!But for some great insight into fly fishing, and some local honey holes, read this recent article by David Grossman!OREnter our Hop & Vine Prize Pack Giveaway to win beer gear including pint glasses, t-shirts and more!Check out this video of fly fishing the South River in Waynesboro!last_img

38,000 miles of trail: 18 Thru-Hikes

first_img“I set the terms. It was not imprisonment. I set my own commitment. No one was telling me to do this,” Doyle says. “It’s just a whole different mindset to walk the entire Appalachian Trail. It’s not recreational. Now, I’m just hiking when I feel like it.” Doyle quickly fell behind his schedule but caught back up in Vermont. By the time he reached Katahdin, he’d set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. “Warren spends a lot of time on the emotional and mental preparation,” Pharr-Davis says. “I learned how to think about the trail, and to realize that I would have to be really adaptable but also really stubborn. He talked a lot about reasons why people quit. It’s often that they’re not having fun, or miss someone at home, or the trail is something other than they thought it would be. You go through that very thoroughly, and it helps you anticipate emotional hurdles you’ll encounter on the trail.” Upon completing his record-breaking hike, Doyle received a chilly reception from the Appalachian Mountain Club in Connecticut.  “I had to do something that no one was telling me to do—no rewards, no cheerleaders, no scholarships, something I wasn’t going to get paid for, or any extrinsic reward,” Doyle says. Doyle persisted in his efforts to give back to the trail by sharing it with others. He started a group that hiked the Connecticut stretch of the trail by tackling it on seven consecutive Sundays in the fall. On a lark, somebody suggested doing all 56 miles in a 24-hour period, and so Doyle led his first expedition of 12 people along the trail. He expanded the idea to the entire trail, leading expeditions of thru-hikers for decades to come.  “I think he’s probably up there in the top three or five most important hikers,” says Cindy Ross, a friend of Doyle and triple crown backpacker who has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail  and the Continental Divide Trail. “There’s a lot of people who know who Warren Doyle is and treat him like a legend. Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery and the people who created the trail are very important, and Earl Shaffer, the first guy to hike the trail. And I think Warren Doyle is right up there with them.” Doyle sunk his life savings into his 5-acre folk school, and that’s where he plans to spend the remainder of his warm seasons. In the winter, he rents leftover timeshares for $7 per night, “living in the lap of luxury in Ocean City, Myrtle Beach, using someone else’s WiFi and TV.”  “The thing I believe is noteworthy is that I’m not a trust fund baby,” Doyle says. “I don’t collect benefits. I was a first-generation college student. I traversed the Appalachian Trail 18 times without ever losing a job. I raised two kids and helped put them through college. And that, that demographic is pretty amazing.” “His legacy is very much like the topography of the trail, with ups and downs, highs and lows, and a very real very human journey,” Pharr-Davis says. “The Appalachian Trail has a lot of personalities connected to it throughout its history and its duration, but I think there’s only going to be one Warren Doyle.” Warren Doyle hangs up his boots after 38,000 miles on the A.T. Doyle was just 13 when his 16-year-old sister died of a brain aneurysm. He set out to make up her loss to his parents by becoming an achiever. He became the first of his family to go to college, and the summer after his junior year he won a work scholarship from the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and social justice organization, to work in a boys orphanage in the mountains of interior Jamaica. The next year, the Quakers sent him to Don West’s folk school in southern West Virginia. Although Doyle continued college, earning his master’s degree and beginning a Ph.D. program, his time in Jamaica and Appalachia kept gnawing at him. Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, Doyle raised his children, focused on higher education, and completed two section hikes by knocking out 30 to 35 miles per day over two- to three-week periods every year. He conducted group thru-hike expeditions through the 2000s.center_img “They’d have nothing of me because I walked the trail ‘the wrong way,’” Doyle says. “I didn’t see anything because I walked too fast. I didn’t walk too fast; I walked 15 to 17 hours per day at 2 miles an hour. That’s not walking fast, it’s walking long.” “A 46-year-old love affair ended last summer,” he says, staring at me across a hardwood table at his folk school in eastern Tennessee, midway between Mountain City and Damascus, Virginia. Doyle is celebrating the completion of 18 thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, but his final 100 miles were the toughest. On his 18th thru-hike last year, Doyle wasn’t sure he could complete the 100-mile section from the White Mountains to Mount Katahdin. Now, he’s finished with that era of his life. Pharr-Davis says Doyle’s impact on the trail has evolved over time—as a record setter, for his outspoken opinions, and through his training programs. “That first hike, I was somewhat naive,” Doyle says. “It was hard. I cried a lot. I had the determination. Thank God I had the temperament. And I was open. I said to the trail, ‘Do what you will with me. I trust everything about you.’ I trust the trail. I trust the mountains. It knows no institutional restraints. It will help you live in harmony with yourself.” Doyle may be done with thru-hiking, but he’s continuing to run his Appalachian Trail Institute and folk school. And the trail he blazed has made him a legend among the thru-hiking community. So in 1969, at age 23, he set out on his first thru-hike. Warren Doyle’s 18 thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail came between between 1969 and 2018. The first set a speed record. Not only did Doyle leave a mark with his own hikes, but he’s also trained a generation of hikers through his Appalachian Trail Institute. Jennifer Pharr-Davis attended the institute before the first of her three (so far) thru-hikes. Doyle called a contra dance at her 2008 wedding, and he played a supporting role in her record-setting 2011 hike. It turned out he could—you hike with your legs, not your belly, as he says. But the completion marked Doyle’s final thru-hike.  “I’ve never been so nervous about a hike. I’ve hiked over 38,000 miles of trail. All I had was 100 miles left, and I didn’t know whether I could do it or not.” Warren Doyle knows how this story should begin. “I decided to lead a life of practical poverty from age of 60 for the rest of my life,” Doyle says with a grin. “It’s another great adventure.”last_img read more

What is a QBR and should a credit union require it from their strategic IT service providers?

first_imgMany clients ask for metrics and SLAs when it comes to their IT performance related to key vendors. One tool that can provide such insight is Ongoing Operations’ QBR (Quarterly Business Review) report.Whether in-house or hosted, IT departments need visibility into their infrastructure. This includes the following key areas: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Retail: Retailer-made

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WHO urges dexamethasone boom for worst virus cases

first_imgPriority countries “Although the data are still preliminary, the recent finding that the steroid dexamethasone has life-saving potential for critically ill COVID-19 patients gave us a much-needed reason to celebrate,” Tedros told a virtual news conference in Geneva.”The next challenge is to increase production and rapidly and equitably distribute dexamethasone worldwide, focusing on where it is needed most.” Dexamethasone has been on the market for over 60 years and usually serves to reduce inflammation.The WHO emphasizes that dexamethasone should only be used for patients with severe or critical disease under close clinical supervision.”There is no evidence that the drug works for patients with mild disease or as a preventative measure, and it could cause harm,” Tedros warned.The UN health agency boss insisted that countries with large numbers of critically ill coronavirus patients needed to be prioritized.But Tedros warned that suppliers had to guarantee quality “as there is a high risk of substandard or falsified products entering the market”. Mink link Scientists believe the virus originally jumped from animals to humans, with the focus on a market that sells exotic animals for meat in the Chinese city of Wuhan.Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, said studies in northern Europe seemed to show that humans had been infected by mink.Dutch authorities reported two possible cases in May where humans were believed to have caught the virus from the animals, which are farmed for their fur.”There are some minks that have been found positive in the Netherlands and in Denmark,” said Van Kerkhove.”What we understand from these investigations, which are currently ongoing, is that there were… people who infected the mink — and in turn, some of these minks infected some people.”It is very limited in terms of the transmission that is happening.” Topics : ‘Grim record’ The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has topped nine million and killed more than 468,500 people since the outbreak began in China last December, according to an AFP tally using official sources.”Almost every day we reach a new and grim record,” said Tedros, noting that more than 183,000 new cases were reported to the WHO on Sunday — easily the most in a single day so far.Some countries were witnessing a rapid increase in cases and deaths, he said, while others that had successfully suppressed transmission were now seeing an upswing in cases as they reopened their societies and economies.After the initial outbreak in China, the epicenter of the virus has moved from East Asia to Europe and now to the Americas.But its presence in Europe seems to go back much earlier than previously thought, with a study showing that fragments of the new coronavirus was in the wastewater in Milan and Turin back in December.”Clearly there is a chance that this virus was circulating in northern Italy obviously before anyone had realized that it had been,” said WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan.But he added: “I don’t think that, at this point, it changes the hypothesis of disease origin.” The World Health Organization called on Monday for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said demand had already surged after a British trial of the drug was publicized but he was confident production could be ramped up.Some 2,000 patients were given the drug by researchers led by a team from Oxford University, and it reduced deaths by 35 percent among the most sickly, according to findings published last week.last_img read more

EPL: Liverpool survive Watford scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs Mane beats De Bruyne to PFA Fans’ Player award For the second time in four days, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah showed a touch of class to score two brilliantly different goals as the Premier League leaders made it 16 wins out of 17 in a 2-0 win over Watford. Neither may have had the pin-point precision of his narrow-angle effort against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League, but his lofted finish over goalkeeper Ben Foster oozed quality, while his clever 90th-minute backheel showed quick-thinking. Quality was something of a rare commodity in the early kick-off at Anfield as the visitors made life difficult and could arguably have taken at least a point from Nigel Pearson’s first match in charge with better finishing. Salah showed them how it should be done with his fourth goal in three games – taking his tally to 13 for the campaign – and his eighth in five appearances against the Hornets. Watford have scored only nine Premier League goals this season and on the evidence of their first half it was easy to see why as only a comedy of errors prevented them taking the lead. In only the sixth minute Troy Deeney went with the wrong foot in trying to convert a cross from Ismalia Sarr and missed from eight yards. Worse was to follow as Will Hughes skimmed a shot wide with three team-mates in close proximity before the circus really came to town as both Abdoulaye Doucoure and Sarr had embarrassing mis-kicks in front of goal. Nigel Pearson was taking charge of his first match as Watford manager (Peter Byrne/PA) By the time the latter had shinned it after Alisson Becker had parried Gerard Deulofeu’s shot, Liverpool were ahead with a clinical counter-attack. They broke from a Watford corner, won as a result of the Doucoure miss, with Roberto Firmino releasing Mane down the left. He in turn put Salah through one-on-one with Kiko Femenia and the Egypt international cut back onto his right foot before curling a shot up and over Foster which, judging by the spin of the ball, appeared to be wind-assisted. It was the one moment of quality in a half which saw the hosts dominate possession but struggle to break down opponents who retreated 11 men to within 40 yards of their own goal when out of possession. One driving run from Mane through the inside-left channel broke through those defences but Jordan Henderson blazed well over from the cross. Mane was also put off by Foster charging out of his goal to force a heavy touch after Salah had held off two defenders to play his team-mate through on goal. Alisson made two good saves early in the second half, one from Sarr and the other from Deulofeu – in between much Mane had his powerful, flicked header from Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross ruled out after VAR adjudged his hip was fractionally offside. Liverpool’s injury worries – they are already missing centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren and midfielder Fabinho – deepened when Georginio Wijnaldum was forced off with an apparent hamstring problem. If Watford were their own worst enemies in the first half it was Liverpool’s turn after the break with over-complication in the penalty area seeing Firmino and Salah spurn chances. But the worst incidence came 10 minutes from time when Virgil Van Dijk side-footed a 20-yard back pass past Alisson and could only watch with relief as the ball trickled past the post. Warmer climes now beckon as Liverpool head to Qatar for the Club World Cup, meaning they miss next weekend’s action and will have a match in hand of their rivals. By the time they return their lead may have been cut to seven points but they will remain top of the tree at Christmas as their quest for a first title in 30 years gathers pace.— Tags: Abdoulaye DoucoureDivock OrigiGerard DeulofeuKiko FemeniaMohammed SalahSadio Manelast_img read more

Ryan says Marble City will be tough to crack

first_imgTipperary have already secured a place in next month’s quarter-finals as they are still  unbeaten in Division 1A  after a thrilling draw with the cats on Saturday .Manager Michael Ryan believes their most recent encounter shows that gaining a stranglehold over the Marble County will be extremely difficult… Cork were among the teams tipped for relegation, but an impressive 1-21 to 1-13 win over Waterford means they’ve jumped to third in the table.Waterford now needs a win away to Clare in two weeks to secure a quarter-final spot, after the Banner defeated Dublin by 2 points.The Dubs sit bottom of the table and welcome Kilkenny to Parnell Park on the final day.last_img

‘Why MTN Organised Football Clinic in Lagos’

first_imgAccording to Iweanoge, MTN’s partnership with Arsenal was a practical demonstration of the brand’s commitment towards developing Nigeria’s sports at the grassroots level.While adding that the football clinic would expose participants to Arsenal FC’s unique approach to football, he stressed that the partnership will serve as a platform for the club to further connect with football lovers across the country.In his words: ‘Football is a core part of our lives as Nigerians and for MTN as a brand, we are always on the lookout for exciting ways to reach out to our subscribers. That was why we went on this partnership with Arsenal and we are excited because this is this the beginning of greater things to come”.Speaking on the Football Clinic, Azizat Ogunsanya, coach of Soccer Star, a grassroots Football Academy based in Ilesa, Osun State, who also participated at the clinic expressed satisfaction at the quality of the theoretical and physical sessions and commended MTN for facilitating the capacity building workshop.“I am excited to be a part of this coaching clinic and I really appreciate MTN for this opportunity. There are so many challenges that come with being a coach, especially female coaches like me that coach male teams, but I am optimistic that this clinic will expand my capacity and make me a world class coach.”The MTN/Arsenal Football clinic comes as part of the exciting benefits of the strategic partnership struck earlier this year by the telecoms company, MTN and the London-based club, Arsenal FC.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram General Manager, Consumer Marketing of Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications company, MTN, Mr Richard Iweanoge, has expressed optimism that the recently concluded Arsenal/MTN Football clinic will contribute to the development of grassroots football in Nigeria.Iweanoge’s comments came following the conclusion of the three-day football theoretical and practical sessions had former Arsenal Legend, Ray Parlour, as well as other members of Arsenal’s technical coaching crew as instructors.The football clinic held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, with over 30 participants drawn from the local teams in attendance.last_img read more

#Donkomi: Kevin-Prince Boateng leaves Besiktas

first_img Source: Footy-Ghana Ghana forward, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Besiktas have announced parting ways following the expiration of their loan agreement.The Turkish Super Lig giants, during the January transfer window, signed Boateng from Italian side ACF Fiorentina for the remainder of the 2019/20 season with a purchase option.But both parties have decided not to extend the relationship.Kevin-Prince Boateng, bugünkü antrenman öncesi, Teknik Direktörümüz Sergen Yalçın, teknik ekibimiz ve futbolcularımızla vedalaştı.Emeklerin için teşekkürler @KPBofficial 🖤 #Deligibiseverim pic.twitter.com/ekUkWaroNh— Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) July 23, 2020The 33-year-old’s Turkish experience thus ends with 11 appearances, 3 goals and an assist.On Thursday, Boateng, who is ruled out of the final league game away to Gençlerbirliği due to injury, visited the Besiktas training grounds and said goodbye to his teammates and technical team.The black and whites, via their media outlets, published Boateng’s visit to the BJK Nevzat Demir facility, thanking him for his contributions to the team.Later on, Boateng also took to his social media handles to share an emotional farewell message:“I just want to thank the big Beşiktaş family very, very much. I will really miss you for making me feel at home from the first minute. You will always be in my heart at any time. I wish you success,” he wrote.Kevin-Prince Boateng will be reverting to Serie A side Fiorentina as he is still contracted to the purple club until 2021.last_img read more