Human rights blogger gets 15-year jail term

first_img to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the sentence of 15 years in prison followed by a 15-year ban on travelling abroad that a Riyadh court passed on 17 April on Fadhel Al-Manafes, a human rights defender and blogger. He was also fined 100,000 riyals (19,300 euros).Held since 2 October 2011, Manafes was convicted on charges of undermining national security and stability, inciting sedition and sectarian divisions, disloyalty towards the king, publishing articles and communicating with foreign journalists with the aim of harming the state’s image, creating a banned association and inciting protests.“We firmly condemn this verdict,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “We urge the authorities to free Manafes at once and to overturn his conviction on all the charges. This 15-year jail term is typical of the contempt that the Saudi authorities show towards fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of information. They imprison those who dare to speak out in order to intimidate the rest.”During his trial, Manafes told the judge that he has been tortured and mistreated since his arrest but the judge brushed his claims aside.Manafes is one of the founding members of the Al-Adalah Centre for Human Rights, a Saudi NGO that documents human rights violations and supports victims. As a blogger, he has constantly criticized discrimination against Saudi Arabia’s Shiite community. He had been arrested twice for demonstrating, in 2009 and mid-2011, before his arrest in October 2011.He is the latest in a long line of people to receive jail sentences in Saudi Arabia for what they write or for circulating information that runs counter to the monarchy’s discourse.Other recent additions to the list of prisoners of conscience include the well-known writer and activist Mukhlif Al-Shammari whose five-year jail sentence was upheld on appeal on 4 March. He was convicted for posting a video on YouTube in which two girls described being mistreated.TV host Wadji Al-Ghazzawi was sentenced to 12 years in prison on 4 February on charges of inciting sedition, “disobeying the sovereign” and defaming the state and judicial institutions for criticizing corruption on his programme “Al-Fadfada.”In April 2013, Reporters Without Borders submitted observations and recommendations on freedom of information in Saudi Arabia for the Universal Periodic Review that the UN Human Rights Council held during its 17th session from 21 October to 11 November 2013.In this report, RWB condemned the authorities’ persecution of news providers, the systematic recourse to prison terms and the harshness of the sentences imposed, which encourages self-censorship. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information April 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights blogger gets 15-year jail term June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Former Garda Commissioner accused of ‘DIY dismissal’ of Limerick detective

first_imgFacebook Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsApp Email Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Irish death from Coronavirus NewsCrime & CourtFormer Garda Commissioner accused of ‘DIY dismissal’ of Limerick detectiveBy Staff Reporter – March 12, 2015 1781 center_img by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK detective who said he was controlled and manipulated by an informant, has claimed that former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan “concocted a DIY job” during the process which led to the ordering of his dismissal for breach of regulations.During a judicial review of the dismissal order against Detective Garda Brian Culbert, former Commissioner Callinan, was accused of “cutting the ground from under” Detective Culbert by frustrating the appeal process because reasons for recommending the dismissal order were not given to the Commissioner for consideration.In a two-day hearing before Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley at the High Court, counsel for Detective Culbert, Paul Burns SC said that his client was seeking a prohibition of any further disciplinary procedures and an ultimate quashing of the orders made by both the internal disciplinary boards and the Garda Commissioner in October 2013 which resulted in the dismissal order.The court heard that prior to the dismissal order, Det Culbert, who was based in Roxboro Road Garda Station, admitted to five separate breaches of Garda discipline. These were: one count of disobeying an order, one count of following improper procedure, one count of abuse of power and two counts of falsehood.Mr Burns said that Detective Culbert “was being controlled and manipulated by a confidential informant as opposed to it being the converse”.Following a board of inquiry hearing, it was recommended that he be dismissed from the force. The Commissioner accepted that recommendation and the order was to take effect from midnight on October 25, 2013.Detective Culbert claimed that this was unduly harsh and he was never given any reasons for the decision. He also claimed that his pleas in mitigation were not given fair consideration and an appeal was lodged.Mr Burns said there was no real dispute as to the breaches of discipline but that there was a “fundamental flaw in the procedures followed by the internal disciplinary arms of the force”.Following an investigation into the alleged breaches, the Garda Commissioner set up a three person investigation board in December 2011.On September 4, 2013, the inquiry reported that the breaches had occurred and recommended that Detective Culbert be dismissed.On October 4, 2013, Commissioner Callinan ordered Detective Culbert’s suspension pending his dismissal three weeks later. An appeal was lodged on October 10 and on November 5, 2013, the Supreme Court delivered a judgement relating to a separate and unrelated case taken by another Garda against the Commissioner.The next day, the Commissioner established an appeal board to hear Detective Culbert’s case and on November 28 they sought a written submission outlining the grounds for appeal which his solicitor furnished to the appeal board on December 10, 2013.The appeals board then asked the board of inquiry to reconvene and outline its reasons for recommending that Detective Culbert be dismissed before they heard the appeal.Mr Burns said that this was “the commissioner effectively doing a DIY job in a way to fix things in light of the Supreme Court judgement”.The Commissioner used an “unregulated process outside the framework” and Detective Colbert’s solicitor wrote to notify him that what he was embarking upon was both unlawful and unfair.Certain codes of Garda regulations were not adhered to in issuing the dismissal order and ultimately the “entire process was tainted”.Detective Culbert is seeking that the orders be quashed and that disciplinary procedures be prohibited.Denying the allegations made in Mr Culbert’s case, counsel for the office of the Garda Commissioner Conor Power SC said that all procedures and measures taken were lawful and fully in line with Garda regulations and Detective Culbert had admitted very serious breaches.He also said that the appeal process will “do what it does, once it hears the appeal and this judicial review is premature” and that this was an “exaggerated submission to overrule the dismissal by the the back door”.Mr Power added that dismissal from the force was in the range of sanctions open to the Commissioner, given the serious breaches of discipline.The court was told that Board of inquiry would deliver their reasons and then the matter would go before the appeal board and that process should be allowed continue.Mr Burns said that this was unacceptable and Detective Culbert had every right to see that it was stopped.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley reserved her decision in the case. 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Odds & Ends: James Corden & The History Boys Join Maggie Smith in Van & More

first_img Women Speak Up on Halloween On the subject of upcoming holidays, young writers from around the world have collaborated to create the play Women Speak/World Listen. The one night only production will take place on October 31 at NYC’s 4th Street Theatre and is a multi-media exploration of the lives of 13 young women coming-of-age in the midst of chaos and conflict. Food for thought this Halloween. Bad Jews is London-Bound After conquering off-Broadway and the U.K.’s city of Bath, those Bad Jews are moving to London. Joshua Harmon’s acclaimed show will play January 15, 2015 through February 28 at the St. James Theatre. Opening night is set for January 21. Directed by Michael Longhurst, the comedy’s original Bath cast will reprise their roles in London, with Jenna Augen as Daphna, Gina Bramhill as Melody, Joe Coen as Jonah and Ilan Goodman as Liam. Victor Garber Books Recurring Role on The Flash Broadway favorite Victor Garber has boarded the cast of The CW’s The Flash. According to The Wrap, his recurring role as DC Comics character Dr. Martin Stein will begin in the 12th Episode. We can’t wait to see if Garber and Andy Mientus’ Pied Piper will end up sharing screen time. Rent Writer Turns to Santa Stephen Chbosky, whose writing credits include The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the screenplay to Rent, will direct the movie musical Santa Is Real. Deadline reports that Larry Stuckey will pen the film, which follows the man who plays Santa in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.  All in all a handy reminder that it’s time to book our Rockettes tickets—Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them!center_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. James Corden & The History Boys Join Maggie Smith in Van Tony winner James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Samuel Anderson and Frances de la Tour will appear opposite the previously announced Tony winner Maggie Smith in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, reports the Daily Mail. All four of the project’s newcomers co-starred in Bennett’s The History Boys in London, on Broadway and on screen. View Commentslast_img read more

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Police: Suspects Stole $6,500 Worth Of iPhones From Wal-Mart

first_imgAurora Police are looking for more information regarding a Wal-Mart burglary. (Aurora PD)Authorities are asking the community for help identifying two men they believe stole $6,500 worth of iPhones from the Aurora Wal-Mart.Aurora Police Chief Josh Daugherty said the alleged crime occurred in the connections center of the store on Thursday around 2:47 p.m.“As the electronics associate became occupied with a customer, one male subject crouches down to see an unlocked case,” Daugherty said in an email. “The other male shields the view as he crouches back down and begins selecting several iPhones from the case.”Aurora Police are looking for information on suspects accused of a Wal-Mart burglary. (Aurora PD)Police say one suspect placed the phones inside a loaded cart of previously selected merchandise. The men allegedly concealed several phones in their jacket when they exited the store on the grocery side.The two men drove away in what police say may be a red BMW with Ohio plates, but due to picture quality it is difficult to verify.“Multiple iPhones were concealed and later stolen. The total financial loss was about $6500.00,” Daugherty indicated.Police believe the suspects may have left in a red BMW with Ohio plates. (Aurora PD)If you can identify the individuals in the photographs please contact the Aurora Police Department at 812-926-1101 and for Detective McBride or Officer Hailstorm.last_img read more

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Rockets 135, Warriors 134: James Harden buries Warriors with game-winner

first_imgIt did not matter. James Harden still sank a dagger … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND — The Warriors tell themselves never to reach. They remind themselves not to fall for the pump fakes. And they try to position themselves to deny an inch of space either to hoist a shot or draw a foul.last_img

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Virgin Australia wins major awards

first_imgVirgin Australia has taken out two major passenger awards in AirlineRatings.com 2015 Airline Excellence Awards.AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the awards are a pinnacle of these efforts.The website is visited by millions of passengers from 232 countries and its safety rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The AirlineRatings.com editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, awarded Virgin Australia Best New World Carrier and Best Cabin Crew.A new award for AirlineRatings.com the Best New World Carrier acknowledges airlines that are making game changing initiatives to redefine travel to meet rapidly changing passenger expectations.The inaugural winner Virgin Australia has redefined what an airline can achieve by morphing from Virgin Blue, Australia’s low fare pioneer, into an airline that blends low cost efficiencies with a first class product. A true New World Carrier.“The airline has taken what really matters to passengers and given it a makeover and the result is spectacular,” said AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. The airline’s domestic business class on its A330s is the world’s best and betters most international offerings.Another inaugural award Best Cabin Crew was another win for Virgin Australia. “The airline’s cabin crew treat every passenger whether in row 1 or 31 as a special guest,” said Mr Thomas. “Their commitment to their passengers is outstanding and is a benchmark of what cabin service should be.”To read about a special Virgin Australia delivery flight click here.last_img read more

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Transport Month celebrates the ‘heartbeat’ of South Africa’s economy

first_img“A resilient and fast-growing economy is at the heart of our radical economic transformation agenda and our National Development Plan,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the launch of Transport Month at Mmorogong village in North West on Saturday.Transport is the heart of the country’s development, the heartbeat of the economy, she said.The theme of the month-long campaign is “Together we move South Africa forward”.“Our programme this year will showcase transport infrastructure projects, promote the use of public transport and advance the country’s road safety initiatives,” Peters said.The minister praised the transport industry’s accomplishments and explained its ongoing works.October is recognised as Transport Month on the official government calendar, and this year’s launch was been spectacular #OTM2016 pic.twitter.com/HCehbhqPdB— Dipuo Peters (@DipuoPeters) October 3, 2016Roads and airportsPeters commended the work of the Road Accident Fund, describing it as “the country’s social security safety net that covers and consoles those tragically maimed on South African roads”.Peters said the fund continues to deliver services despite a tough economic climate.She applauded work done by the Airports Company South Africa, saying airports across the country are becoming important catalysts for economic growth.“They are being transformed into multi-faceted, world-class, global gateways for travel, trade and commerce. As a result, business opportunities abound, particularly in property, retail and advertising.”Turning to maritime transport, Peters said under Operation Phakisa there were already a group of local and international investors collaborating to operate South Africa-flagged ships.Ongoing projectsThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will be acquiring new stock over the next decade because the current rolling stock was over 50 years old, Peters said. “The acquisition of the new rolling stock will also include the upgrade of the current rail infrastructure, including stations in our main cities and towns.”She said progress was being made in the Moloto Road Development Corridor, in which investment in passenger rail will give commuters a safer, faster and more accessible connection between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.Peters said the refurbishment of the infamous Moloto Road will take five years to complete at a cost of R4.5-billion.“Moloto Road is notoriously known as the road of death. We are going to transform it into a road of hope,” she said.She described the national road network as arteries carrying life-giving oxygen in the South African economy’s lifeblood.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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New engineering safety devices for all-terrain vehicles

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dee JepsenAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continue to grow in popularity for rural and agricultural use. Originally designed for sports and recreation, the ATV is now common on many farms and ranches in the U.S. With this increased use comes increases in injuries and fatalities. And the costs for emergency room visits associated with ATVs grow each year. The 3E Model for injury preventionThe 3E Model is used by occupational injury specialists to help reduce injuries and fatalities. Simply stated, the 3Es of the model are: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement. The use of a combination of these components can be effective in reducing injuries. EnforcementIn agriculture, there is little enforcement when it comes to ATV usage. The most common U.S. violation is the use of ATVs, and their Utility Vehicle (UTV) counterparts, on paved roads. By design, ATV’s and UTV’s are designed for off-road use, which is much different from cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Their low-pressure tires are designed to grab dirt, grass, sand, and rocks. Smooth pavement offers little traction and limited control. Tipping and rollovers are the most common ATV roadway cause for injury. Restricting ATV use on paved roads would be a plausible solution for safety. Allowing ATV’s and UTV’s to operate along the grass or gravel berm is a viable solution, as is operating them on dirt or gravel roads. EducationFor years, the ATV industry has relied upon education as a means of injury reduction. However, education and behavior-related safety trainings have failed to make a dent in the number of injuries associated with ATV operation ear year. Statistics show many fatalities and injuries occur in the first-year of ownership, indicating training may not be given to new riders. Annual training is recommended for all riders. EngineeringThe area that has received little attention for ATV safety is engineering. To put it simply, the vehicle’s design is still susceptible for tipping and rollovers, which are the most common cause for fatal and non-fatal injuries.A new device is available for after-market installation to prevent crushing of the ATV operator in the event of a vehicle rollover. Different from the RollOver Protection Structures (ROPS) on tractors, the Crush Protection Device (CPDs) acts as an anti-roll bar stopping a continuous roll in a side overturn, and usually diverts the vehicle away from the operator in a rear rollover. CPDs do not require seatbelts, which allow the riders to eject the machine, and prevent being pinned. How it worksThe Quadbar is an Australian-made CPD, designed specifically for agricultural use ATVs. The low-profile, hairpin hoop mounts to the drawbar and rear rack area of the machine, and does not impede with suspension or functionality.According to the product manufacturer, tests have been performed to show the Quadbar is an effective device to protect the operator in a side roll. On a 20 degree or 36% slope, vehicles without the CPD rolled two full rolls. With the Quadbar in place, the vehicle still rolled, but the device kept the ATV to a quarter roll. When speed was applied to increase the momentum of the roll, tests showed the Quadbar was an effective device to protect the driver from being pinned under the vehicle at half, three-quarter and full rolls. In a typical rollover crash, the vehicle lands on the operator, pinning the person under the machine. By design, Crush Protection Devices keeps a space between the vehicle and the ground.During the same tests on a 20-degree or 36% slope, the Quadbar takes the brunt of the force on a rearward roll backflip. In these crashes, the ATV will rise up on the crush bar, then fall to the side. Riders are not pinned under the weight of the machine. ATV pinning injuriesSerious injuries of ATV crashes are often caused by the vehicle rolling on the operator. Death can also occur from asphyxiation when the ATV lands on the rider, pinning him or her for minutes to hours under the 500-pound (or more) vehicle weight. Drowning can also occur if the ATV lands on the victim, even in shallow water.While ATV injuries continue to be in Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, deaths can be prevented with the use of aftermarket Crush Protection Devices. These after-market engineered bars are saving lives in side and rear rollover situations.Additional information about the product described in this article can be found at the North America based website Quadbarsafety.com. The product designer, David Robertson from Queensland Australia, was recently acknowledged by the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) organization for his Quadbar design and injury prevention efforts. Beyond this engineering control, Australia is considering legislation for mandating installation of CPDs on ATVs used on the farm and other occupational worksites. Robertson’s comprehensive efforts to reduce agricultural ATV injuries in Australia are now becoming known in other parts of the world.While this article does not provide product endorsement, there is considerable value for installing Crush Protection Devices on All-Terrain Vehicles. This engineered product is designed to prevent serious injury and protect lives while performing agricultural tasks. CPDs, along with rider training courses, and helmet usage have potential to curb the rising injury statistics for ATVs in the United States, similar to what is being done for Australian farmers. Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor, can be reached at 292-6008 or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Land Rover Discovery Sport, compact SUV, launched in Europe; India launch soon

first_imgLand Rover Discovery SportLegendary Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufacturer Land Rover unveiled the new Discovery Sport late on Tuesday evening, ahead of its early 2015 European market launch. This new Discovery Sport is a successor to the Freelander series of models by the company.Land Rover Discovery Sport, a compact SUV, is inspired by the Discovery Vision concept.  It  will be a highly capable off-roader, thanks to its approach, departure and breakover angles of 25, 31 and 21 degrees respectively. In addition, the SUV also will be equipped with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System and will have the ability to wade a depth of 600 mm.ExteriorsOn the outside, it is clear that the Discovery Sport has shed the boxy design which was the trademark for most of the last generation Land Rover vehicles,  and has many visual similarities with the Evoque. The twin-slat grille, chunky front bumper, LED fog lamps and a stylish pair of headlights and taillights are all inspired by the Evoque.Commenting on the design, Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said, “Our challenge has been to combine premium design with exceptional versatility; the two attributes must work in harmony.”According to Land Rover, the new Discovery Sport will have an all-new multi-link rear axle that not only provides engaging driving dynamics, but also provides ample cabin space behind the second row of seats. The vehicle will have a body shell made by using both high-strength steel and light-weight aluminum.InteriorsDiscovery Sport InteriorsIn terms of safety equipment, the baby SUV features a segment -first pedestrian airbag, autonomous emergency braking, Antilock Braking System (ABS),  Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and the highly advanced Terrain Response System.  Get inside the Land Rover Discovery Sport and you are greeted by high-quality material all around. Interiors are of a dual tone nature, with black and beige colours on the seats and dashboard.   Up to four 12V power outlets and six USB charging sockets are present across three rows of seating, to allow charging of multiple electronic devices. In addition, a  host of innovations have allowed Discovery Sport to have 5+2 seating in a compact SUV.advertisementEngines and transmissionsThe Discovery Sport comes with many four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines options. While the Si4 2-litre petrol engine is capable of developing 237 bhp power and 340 Nm of torque, the 2.2-litre diesel, available as TD4 and SD4, develops 147 bhp and 189 bhp, respectively. Engines will be mated to either a  9-speed automatic or a  6-speed manual gearbox, along with a choice of two or four-wheel-drive.This new compact SUV will be made at Land Rover’s Liverpool plant in U.K. It will go on sale in 170 markets worldwide and India is expected to receive the same in the first half of 2015. In the U.S., the Discovery Sport will be priced from 37,995 USD (INR 23.02 lakh) onwards. CompetitionAudi Q5, Mercedes M Class, BMW X3, Volvo XC60Date of launchEurope- Early 2015 India- July 2015 (expected)last_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United wing-back Achraf Lazaar is closer to a return to January.Lazaar spent last season on-loan at Benevento.And TMW says Genoa and Frosinone are now in contact about bringing Lazaar back to Serie A next month.Both Serie A clubs would seek to take the 26 year-old on-loan.Lazaar has been frozen out by Toon boss Rafa Benitez this season as he has been encouraged to find himself a new club. last_img read more

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