Security court sentences young woman blogger to five years in prison

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Syria Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the cruelty and injustice of the five-year jail sentence that a Damascus state security court imposed today on Tal Al-Mallouhi, a 19-year-old high school student and blogger, on a charge of “divulging information to a foreign state,” namely the United States. Mallouhi, whose blog consisted of just poems and comments about society, was held incommunicado for nearly 11 months following her arrest on 27 December 2009 and has been subjected to the most appalling conditions. She is now being held in Duma prison, near Damascus.She appears to have been made a scapegoat and her sentence, which is typical of the brutality of the Syrian regime’s repression, is designed to intimidate bloggers and encourage them to censor themselves at a time when the authorities fear any form of contagion from the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Syrian government to free Mallouhi and all the other detained netizens and journalists without delay and to guarantee freedom of expression and information for all its citizensThe press freedom organization had welcomed the lifting of the blocking of Facebook and YouTube even if opposition, human rights and news websites continue to be subject to drastic censorship. Syria is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.”Mallouhi’s CDs, books and computers were confiscated when she was arrested. The charges of spying for the US embassy in Egypt that were brought against her in October 2010 (see the release) were based in part on an open letter to Barack Obama in her blog in which she urged him to take a more balanced position towards the Arabs and Muslims. Her blog entries also commented on the fate of the Palestinians.The state security court’s verdict is final, and there is no possibility of appeal.Her arrest prompted campaigns for her release all over the world (http://freetal.com/). The United States urged the Syrian authorities to free her yesterday.Syrian is ranked 173rd out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. March 8, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further February 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security court sentences young woman blogger to five years in prison February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension on Track to Launch Full Service on March 5

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension on Track to Launch Full Service on March 5 Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | 4:05 pm Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Finalization and testing of Metro’s Foothill Gold Line extension is on schedule, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority announced in a recent release.The announcement also said passenger service from Pasadena to the Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale, Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College Stations will begin on Saturday, March 5, 2016.The extension adds six new stations in the five cities. Azusa has two stations – one at Alameda Avenue in downtown and one at Citrus Avenue, near Citrus College and Azusa Pacific University. To allow connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena and the future Arcadia Station, a new 584-linear-foot bridge was constructed over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway. The Gold Line Bridge replaces the one removed after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.The extension includes a maintenance and operations facility in Monrovia, which will be used for servicing, cleaning, painting and storing light rail vehicles for Metro’s growing fleet. The M and O facility will have a total storage capacity of 84 vehicles.Parking will also be available at each station of the Pasadena to Azusa Extension.Work on the extension started in June 2010 and was completed on time and on budget on September 23, 2015. After that, the 11.5-mile, six-station extension was turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service, an important phase when Metro continues to commission new vehicles, train their operators and local first responders and educate the community on staying safe near the train, before opening the line for passenger service.Metro says it will publish the updated schedule for passenger service as the March 5, 2016 opening date approaches. Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

9 Ways to #OptOutside this Black Friday

first_imgChances are you’ve already heard all about REI’s bold Thanksgiving campaign #OptOutside—which encourages shoppers to abandon the retail madness of Black Friday for the tranquility of an outdoor setting.In doing this, REI is putting their money where there mouth is, closing every one of its 143 locations across the nation and awarding their employees with holiday pay in the process.unnamed-2-759x500This unprecedented move shows that REI is willing to sacrifice profits for the good of its employees and the advancement of its core principles as a company. Here at BRO we are 100 percent on board with the #OptOutside campaign and will be happily ditching the hustle and bustle of crowded stores this Friday for the peace and quiet of our Blue Ridge backyard. Will you join us?9 Tips and Ideas for #OptOutside 2015Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail.The AT sprawls throughout 2,000 plus miles of the Appalachian Mountain range. Make the most of your post turkey day escapades by hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail near you. More info here.MG_4324-web (1)Hit the dirt on two wheels.One of the advantages of living below the Mason Dixon line is the extended mountain biking season, which continues well into autumn and in some places even remains open into the winter months. As you probably know, the Blue Ridge is blessed with mile upon mile of top notch single track, so grab your bike and hit a the trail this Black Friday.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 2.25.45 PMFine tune your winter gear.Winter is upon us! Instead of rushing out to the chaotic lines of a gear store in the throws of a Black Friday invasion, take some time to maintain the gear you already have. Tune up the skis that have been collecting dust all season or test out the old -15 degree sleeping bag so you’re not caught in the cold during that annual winter backpacking excursion.winteriscomingClimb atop a fire tower.Some of the best views in all of Appalachia can be found atop the regions many abandoned fire towers. These structures have long served as essential lookout posts for fire-wary watchmen, but today many of them are open and accessible to everyday hikers like you.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 2.45.14 PMHead for the coast.Can you say sunny and 70, because we can, and believe it or not that’s the current weather projection for Charleston, South Carolina on Black Friday. Sure, you could layer up in your finest Patagonia puff jacket just to go stand in line in front of Best Buy all day, but may we suggest SUPing your way through Shem Creek instead?Screen-shot-2015-06-10-at-1.01.34-PMHit the slopes!Thanksgiving weekend almost always coincides with the opening of a handful of Southeastern ski resorts. This Black Friday you’ll be able to choose from Beech Mountain, Cataloochee Ski Area, and Sugar Mountain Resort just to name a few. More info at skisoutheast.com.Fly fish a delayed harvest stream.For novice anglers the delayed harvest season can be one of the best times to get out on the water and test your skills in an environment where fish are plentiful and competition from bait fisherman is nonexistent. Learn more about the delayed harvest here.steve5-1024x684Explore a new a town.One of the best things about calling the Blue Ridge your basecamp is the plethora of travel options within a stones throw of home. Use our extensive collection of 48 Hours travel guides to find the right town for you.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 2.42.00 PMWatch a sunrise or sunset.On a clear day, the Blue Ridge is of the best places in the country to catch a sunrise or a sunset. While the rest of the country is camped out in front of Target, you can #OptOutside by soaking in an amazing view like this. More details here.sunsetlast_img read more

Link between dog food, Salmonella cases looks stronger

first_img The agency said investigators are still trying to find out why human cases have been associated with dry pet food. Factors being considered include handling and storage of dry pet food, handwashing practices, exposure of children to dry pet food, and the location in the home where pets are fed. Sixty-six people in 18 states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, and reports of new cases are continuing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The Food and Drug Administration had said earlier that two samples of dry dog food made by Mars Petcare US, Inc., had tested positive for S Schwarzengrund, but no direct link between the company’s products and the human cases had been found. Aug 28 CDC statementhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/schwarzengrund.html “Households with ill persons were significantly more likely than matched households without ill persons to usually purchase a brand of dry pet food made by Mars Petcare US that may have been produced at a single facility in Pennsylvania,” the CDC said. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health found the outbreak strain in an environmental sample from the Mars Petcare facility in Pennsylvania, the statement said. The CDC said 25 of the 66 salmonellosis cases reported so far occurred in Pennsylvania, with 12 in New York, 6 in Ohio, 5 in Massachusetts, and 1 or 2 in each of the other states affected.center_img See also: Aug 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Further investigation has strengthened the evidence of a link between recently recalled dog food products and human Salmonella infections, US health officials reported yesterday. The CDC, however, said yesterday that the outbreak strain of S Schwarzengrund was found in fecal specimens from two dogs that ate dry pet food in the homes of two case-patients. In addition, a multistate case-control study showed a link between illness and the purchase of dry pet foods made by Mars Petcare, the agency said. Aug 28 CIDRAP News story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food” Of the patients for whom information was available, 39% were 1 year old or younger and 32% experienced bloody diarrhea. Ten patients were hospitalized, but none died, the CDC reported.last_img read more

The fifth edition of a unique walk through the vineyards of northwestern Istria with a top gourmet offer

first_imgThe fifth edition of one of the best tourist stories in Croatia – Istria Wine & Walk has been announcedThe traditional spring Istria Wine and Walk, organized by the cluster of northwestern Istria, brings its new edition. The fantastic Istrian story, which has been taken over by other parts of Croatia, will once again provide pleasure for all the senses.”We are especially proud that our Istria Wine and Walk has become a kind of benchmark in the organization of similar eno-gastronomic events. We have prepared another top wine adventure for our guests, with a handful of fun surprises that will surely result in a great atmosphere.”, Milovan Popovic points out, Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag.The start is scheduled for the morning from Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, where all participants will receive the necessary instructions, and embark on this unique adventure. Every 20 minutes, the bus takes the gathered for an enticing walk and gourmet pleasure. The refreshment stations will offer wines from Istrian winemakers: Kozlović, Celega, Ravalico, Coronica, Cattunar, Cuj, Veralda, A. Bassanese, Franković, and the gourmet part will be provided by: Oštarija Rondo, Restaurant Oliveto, OPG Radošević, OPG Buršić, OPG Duniš, Primizia food & wine, Konoba Morgan and Veralda. At the finish, Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, is expected to continue eno-gastronomic gathering for all participants of the event, but also other visitors, with live music and a party until the night.So simple, authentic and great. And yes, all tickets are sold out long before the start online.Related news:last_img read more

Lives shattered by South Africa’s forced sterilizations

first_imgFour years ago, Bongekile Msibi, already a mother of a now 15-year-old girl, consulted a doctor after trying unsuccessfully to have a second child.She was shocked, shattered and bewildered, she said, when the doctor told her that she could not conceive because she did not have a uterus.”I couldn’t comprehend what the doctor was saying. How possible is that because I have [had] a baby [before]?” the 32-year-old told AFP, holding back tears. “That means I had a uterus.”She traced her steps back to the only hospital she had ever been admitted to, Johannesburg’s Chris Hani Baragwanath, one of the largest healthcare centers in Africa.There, she said that an obstetrician nonchalantly told her that her uterus was removed after she delivered her baby in 2005.She is one of dozens of women whose lives were wrecked by forced sterilization conducted at 15 public hospitals in the country’s largest provinces of Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, a recent investigation found. ‘Playing God’But “the department lacks empathy and sympathy, they are very insensitive”, she said.”It’s as if they just removed a nail and it will grow back. You are just treated like someone who is annoying,” Msibi said, at her house in the district of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.”I can’t just sit back and be okay with the fact that I don’t have a uterus, I don’t even know why I don’t have a uterus.””There is that feeling that, ‘I’m not complete'”.After the report was published, the health ministry agreed to meet the complainants, but that brings little comfort to the women.Msibi, like many of the other victims, broke up with her partner after the shocking revelation.”My relationship with my ex-fiancé ended, we had to break up because he wanted children and I could not give him children,” a teary eyed Msibi said, accusing the doctors of taking “advantage” of women and playing “God”.”They feel entitled to do whatever they want to do,” she said.The national health ministry has noted the report.As well as having agreed to meet the complainants, Lwazi Manzi, the ministry’s spokeswoman, said it was trying to arrange a meeting with the gender commission.But the CGE wants the Health Professions Council of South Africa to investigate the medical professionals involved.  ‘Cruel, torturous, inhumane’ In a scathing report published last week where it documented 48 cases of coerced sterilizations, South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said it uncovered “cruel, torturous or inhumane and degrading treatment” targeting black women who were mostly HIV positive.The procedures — mostly undocumented in the hospitals’ records — were conducted on women who gave birth via caesarean section between 2002 and 2015.While Msibi is not HIV-positive, she was just 17 years old at the time of the procedure.When she returned to the hospital in 2016, she was told the step had been taken to save her life — although nobody had informed her of this at the time.South African health laws forbid forced or coerced sterilization, although doctors may sterilize without consent in special circumstances, to save a life.Tamara Mathebula, who heads the CGE, told AFP that the probe revealed that in most cases healthcare professionals told patients that sterilization was necessary “because you are HIV-positive, because you have TB [tuberculosis], because we feel you have too many babies…  you are poor, we can’t allow you to continue”.But “that’s not the compelling reason for a doctor or a nurse, to tie your tubes, or to take out your uterus,” she said.In testimonies to the commission, victims claimed that hospital staff had threatened to deny them medical attention if they refused to sign the consent papers, the report said.Others were forced to sign while in “extreme pain”, unaware of what they were consenting to, it added.But for Msibi, there was no consent form, nor were there records to show what procedure was done on her.For the past three years, she has waged an uphill battle — writing to, and staging a sit-in at, the health department — in search of answers about her missing uterus. Topics :last_img read more

Chemours places workers’ pensions with APF

first_imgFrans van Dorsten, the pension fund’s chair, said Nationale Nederlanden would – in a one-off measure – compensate 91% of the indexation pensioners and deferred participants had missed so far.In addition, the insurer will pay an annual indexation varying from 1.35% to 1.8%, depending on the pension arrangements for the deferred members and pensioners within the pension fund.According to Centraal Beheer APF, the employer will pay €4m for additional inflation compensation for its workers.Thier indexation perspective was already good as the pension fund’s coverage ratio was 130% when the deal with Centraal Beheer APF was concluded, according to the chair.At the end of 2018, Chemours’s company scheme had €1.2bn of assets under management. The Dutch branch of chemical giant Chemours is to place €330m of pension assets of its 475 workers with the consolidation vehicle (APF) of Achmea subsidiary Centraal Beheer.In a press release, APF said that Chemours’ staff pensions will be housed in an individual compartment, which is to receive annual contributions of €7m.Last summer, the pension fund announced it would move €820m worth of pension rights of its pensioners and deferred participants to Dutch insurer Nationale Nederlanden.The pension fund said dividing pension rights of active participants on one hand, and deferred members and pensioners on the other hand across different managers, would make it easier to recover the inflation compensation in arrears for the two latter groups.last_img read more

Reports: MLB submits detailed health plan to players in effort to play amid coronavirus

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter In dugouts, only active reserves would be permitted, while other inactive players or support staff would sit in the stands or elsewhere. All non-playing personnel would wear masks in dugouts.There would be no mound visits, no exchanging of lineup cards and no spitting, high-fives, fist-bumps or hugs. Players would be encouraged to wash hands after handling equipment or leaving the field between innings.Away from the ballpark, players would not be strictly quarantined, but they would be encouraged to isolate from all except their immediate families. They would be discouraged from using any public transportation or ride sharing services.While all of this is subject to approval by the players, this represents only a portion of the negotiation surrounding the sport’s return.Owners are also asking players to agree to a 50-50 split of revenue, which likely would mean further reduction in their salaries beyond the pro-rated payments mandated in their March agreement.The two parties agreed that the players would be paid their normal salaries for whatever percentage of the games are played. However, owners contend that agreement was contingent on games being played with fans. Without fans in the ballparks, the clubs’ revenue would further be slashed and they propose that players bear some of that burden. Players argue that the agreement was not contingent on fans, and should not be renegotiated.Related Articles If Major League Baseball players are to return to action this summer, they will be playing in an environment that looks significantly different from what they left in March.Aside from the expected diligent testing and temperature checks, the changes include everything from pitchers bringing their own baseballs to the bullpen, wearing masks in the dugout and limitations on spitting.Players will even be discouraged from taking showers at the ballpark.It’s all part of a 67-page document that Major League Baseball submitted to the Players Association, detailing the health and safety protocols they propose in order to have the sport return safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The report was obtained by The Athletic and ESPN, which reported details on Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros MLB has proposed having an abbreviated training period for a few weeks in June, followed by a regional-based 82-game schedule beginning around July 4. The games would be played at the teams’ home ballparks, when allowed by local laws, at least initially with no fans in attendance.Although eliminating crowds is the primary concession made to the coronavirus pandemic, the plan spells out numerous ways that the players and staff will try to prevent the spread of the virus among themselves.The plan calls for regular testing of all players, umpires and staff members, mostly using saliva tests. There would also be twice-daily temperature checks. MLB personnel would be asked to perform daily temperature checks at home.Someone who tests positive would self-isolate at home.Clubhouses would be restructured to allow six-foot separation between players at their lockers, and in-person meetings would be discouraged.last_img read more