Al-Wasit journalists get off without prison terms

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today on learning that Al-Wasit editor Ayad al-Tamimi and reporter Ahmed Mutare Abass left a Baghdad court as free men at the end of a libel trial about several articles published last year criticising local police and judicial officials. The court did not impose any jail sentence. ————————————————————————–17.08.2006 Two journalists go on trial while wave of arrests continues in northReporters Without Borders appealed today for clemency in a trial that began yesterday in Baghdad in which Al-Wasit editor Ayad al-Tamimi and reporter Ahmed Mutare Abass face the possibility of long prison terms on charges of libelling the police, judicial and municipal authorities in Al-Kut, southeast of the capital.The trial concerns several articles published last year, including one criticising the judicial system and one about alleged police corruption. Arrested in April 2005 on the orders of the mayor of Kawit, they have already served six-month prison terms imposed by an Al-Kut court.They are now being tried on four counts of violating article 226 of the Iraqi criminal code. The case was finally transferred to a Baghdad court at their request on the grounds that the judges in Al-Kut were biased against them.“The situation of these two journalists reflects the current climate in Iraq, which is not very favourable for the development of a truly independent press,” Reporters Without Borders said.There has been a wave of arrests of journalists since the start of August, especially in the northern Kurdish region where around a dozen journalists covering peaceful demonstrations in the Sulaimaniya area have been arrested and some held for several hours. Cases have been reported of police destroying photographers’ material and an Associated Press correspondent in the region was banned by the authorities from covering protests.Seven other journalists were arrested during a demonstration on 13 August in Sulaimaniya, which is one of the Kurdish region’s most important cities. Two of them were still being held yesterday although it was hoped they would be freed soon following a call from a local journalists’ defence group. Although detained journalists are for the most part being held for only several hours, this still poses a significant obstacle to their work. News RSF_en to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation center_img August 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Wasit journalists get off without prison terms IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 16, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Dear Meredith, . . .

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogDear Meredith,You don’t know who I am, but you have deeply impacted my life. I wish we could have had the opportunity to meet; I think we would have been great friends.When I began to learn about you this winter, I was amazed at how much we have in common. Reading about your life and interests I felt like I was looking at a biography of my own life. We are the same age and we are both lucky enough to call the Southeast home. We both love animals, literature, wine, and spending time with our friends. You and I have both spent time volunteering with children and we both share a strong faith and value system. But most of all, I know that you love the outdoors – you feel free and safe in the outdoors – and so do I.That’s why I was ripped apart this January when reading accounts, first of your disappearance and then of your death on Blood Mountain, Georgia.How could something so tragic happen to someone so beautiful and full of life? You had your whole life in front of you and it was selfishly and carelessly ripped away. And one of the most unsettling details is that your future was lost in the wilderness – a place that you and I both look to for peace and restoration.I absolutely hate what happened to you. Every time I think of your fate, my stomach becomes queasy and my body tenses up. I have cried many times over your death, and I have cried for your grieving family.I am not alone in my sorrow. I know many who were deeply troubled by your fate and touched by all the contributions you were able to make during your 24 years of life. I have heard the stories of several individuals who no longer feel safe traveling in the woods because of the darkness you encountered. I, too, admit that for several weeks I didn’t feel safe running or walking in the forest. I spent more time looking over my shoulder than at the path ahead.On one particular hike, I was in a heightened state of paranoia when I finally concluded this isn’t what you would want. You wouldn’t want me to feel threatened in the woods, you wouldn’t want me to live in fear and you would never want to be the barrier that kept people from enjoying creation.Michael Hilton, in his sickened state, managed to instill fear and doubt in individuals throughout the country. But I know those aren’t the byproducts that you would want from your death. You would want laughter, love, and the courage to move forward in the woods and in life.This summer I am hiking the Appalachian Trail and I am doing it in your honor. You will be in my thoughts daily and I hope that you, your family and friends will accept this hike as a living memorial. I am hiking to celebrate the blessings you were through your life, and the legacy you left in your death. I am not just trying to complete the trail, but I am also attempting to set the women’s endurance record on the Appalachian Trail. I want women to know that they shouldn’t fear the woods. Rather, I want them to know that nature should be respected, protected, and enjoyed. I want women of all ages to know that they are capable of amazing accomplishments and that fear should not be something that holds them back. I want to blaze the trail with laughter, kindness, and a confidence that in the future I will encourage others to do the same.I sometimes feel that the loss of your life was similar to someone picking the most beautiful flowers in the forest just as they begin to bloom. I know that the beauty of that individual blossom will never again be replaced, but I hope that my endeavor is an attempt in reseeding. As a hiker you must have been familiar with the term “leave no trace” and with your blessing this summer, together we can work to “leave no evil” in a wilderness that we both call home.With Love and Admiration,Jennifer Pharrlast_img read more

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Docklands giant awakes

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Dutch coronavirus infections jump to highest level since April

first_imgThe largest increase of infections last week was among people aged 20 to 24, the health authorities said, while most of the newly infected were found to have contracted the virus at home.The new rise coincided with the reopening of schools throughout the country, but health authorities said they had not found a significant increase of cases related to schools.Infections known to have occurred at schools were mainly among adults, they said.The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose to 76,548, with 6,244 deaths.Topics : The number of new coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped 51% last week to their highest level since the end of April, Dutch health authorities said on Tuesday.Newly confirmed infections increased to 5,427 in the week to Tuesday, up from 3,597 in the previous week, while the total number of tests rose 10% to little over 180,000.Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands had been stable at about 3,500 per week in recent weeks, after the easing of lockdown measures in July was followed by a steady rise to over 4,000 in early August.last_img read more

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Elia at the double in Saints win

first_img Defender Florin Gardos looked to have Cabella’s through-ball covered, but his attempted clearance cannoned off the chasing Gouffran’s shin and looped past Forster and into the unguarded net, the Frenchman’s first goal since Boxing Day 2013. Forster was relieved not to be beaten for a second time three minutes before the break when he could only look on as Perez’s cushioned volley from Cabella’s swinging cross dropped just wide. Carver tweaked his team at the break with Sissoko moved into a central position for the second half, and after an opening period during which Southampton dominated, the Magpies gradually rediscovered their rhythm. Cabella sliced over from Sissoko’s 53rd-minute knock-down, but the Saints responded with Pelle once again the focal point. Ronald Koeman sent on Jack Cork and Shane Long for Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic on the hour, but his side might have been behind within seconds when Gouffran met Massadio Haidara’s cross with a glancing header, but steered his effort wide of the far post. However, Southampton regained their lead within seconds when Long flicked on a clearance and Elia slipped through the heart of the home defence to fire home off Janmaat’s shins. Carver responded by sending on Riviere and Sammy Ameobi for Anita and Gouffran, and the traffic was largely one-way with Dummett passing up a glorious opportunity to level 15 minutes from time when he met Jack Colback’s corner unopposed, but headed harmlessly wide. Pelle was significantly more accurate two minutes later when he powered a header from full-back Nathaniel Clyne’s cross against Krul’s bar, but as time ran down, the home side committed men to the search for a second equaliser which might have come had Madley ruled that Fonte had handled Riviere’s effort. But ultimately, their efforts proved to be in vain as the Saints held out with little difficulty to extend their recent run to 16 points from a possible 18. Eljero Elia scored twice to fire Southampton back into third place in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought victory at Newcastle. Press Association The Dutchman, on loan from Werder Bremen, scored his first goal for the club with 14 minutes gone and then after Yoan Gouffran had cancelled out his strike with a fortuitous 29th-minute equaliser, restored the visitors’ lead 17 minutes into the second half. Both goals came against the run of play as Newcastle, who have now played four games under caretaker manager John Carver and won none of them, dominated possession for long periods. However, they lacked the cutting edge. However, the hosts were aggrieved not to be awarded an injury-time penalty when substitute Emmanuel Riviere’s shot appeared to hit Jose Fonte’s arm – but referee Robert Madley waved away their appeals.. That will matter little to the Saints, who maintained their push for an unlikely top-four finish in front of a crowd of 49,307 at St James’ Park. By contrast, Carver and his players will head off on a mid-season training break in Dubai with the search for a new head coach ongoing and their season threatening to unravel. Vurnon Anita sliced a second-minute shot wide after good build-up play by Moussa Sissoko and Remy Cabella, before full-back Daryl Janmaat saw his well-struck effort blocked after playing a neat one-two with Cabella. Ayoze Perez and Gouffran then tested goalkeeper Fraser Forster from distance, before Southampton opened the scoring. The impressive Graziano Pelle headed down Fonte’s long ball for James Ward-Prowse to slide in Elia, whose well-struck 14th-minute shot embarrassed keeper Tim Krul. With Pelle proving a handful for central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett, the visitors gained a measure of control as the home side attempted to regroup, and Fonte headed Ward-Prowse’s 25th-minute free-kick over. But Newcastle were level within four minutes with the help of a large slice of good fortune. last_img read more

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Defending female champs knocked out of Rupununi FA Champions League

first_imgNEW female champions would be crowned in the 2019 version of the Rupununi Football Association Champions League after the defending champions, Gladiators Football Club, suffered an exit in the quarterfinals. In the latest round of the competition over the holiday weekend, Paiwomak Warriors edged out the Gladiators 3-2 in the return leg of a final-eight battle to win on an aggregate score of 5-3.When the rivals battled in the opening leg of the quarterfinal, Warriors emerged with a 2-1 win.Flash FC also advanced to the female semi-finals after defeating Kanuku Harpies in their home-and-away battle.In the second leg of the male quarterfinals, Romario Jose and Frankie Parks found the back of the net in the 28th and 87th minutes respectively to carry Guyana Rush Saints to a 2-0 win over Strikers FC. The two teams had battled to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their clash.Meanwhile Jaguars Football Club won their return leg clash (2-1), but not by a big enough margin, which resulted their exit from the competition.The Kanuku Harpies males had won their opening leg by a score of 4-2, which left the aggregate score after both games at 5-4 in the favour of Harpies.Guyana Rush Saints (females), Strikers FC (females), Paiwomak Warriors (males) and defending male champions Tabatinga FC had qualified for the semi-finals, the weekend before.last_img read more

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USC Rising: 20 student artists you should know

first_imgNoticed by Rex Orange County on his latest jazz cover, Maverick is paving his own path, seemingly merging his technical jazz background with bedroom pop. He also plays in USC student-led band Unsalted Butter, whose sound consists of heavy bass lines and funky piano riffs. San Andrea — junior Manley — 2020 graduate Sally Boy — senior Vietta — junior LAMI — 2020 graduate If you need new music for your next girls night, look no further. Multi-genre songwriter and producer Ashley Fulton absolutely radiates power through her skillfully catchy R&B beats and authoritative vocals. Think Rihanna meets Jessie Reyez.  Singer-songwriter Ellie Williams is here to make the soundtrack of your life. A rising alternative pop artist, her acoustic ambiance with emotive, captivating lyrics is truly a sonic force to be reckoned with. Ellie Williams — sophomore Ashes To Amber — senior Funky and atmospheric, Joe Avio’s music is beyond a must-listen. His quiet intensity and smooth vocals make for a developed, intimate sound. Fans of Joji and James Bay should listen. For more sensual R&B, look no further than Leesto. With a recently dropped album, DJ and producer Leesto is not only a force in production talent — he provides those perfect late-night hip-hop vibes for those late study hours. Fans of Aftertheparty, Chris Brown and The Weeknd should give a listen. Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Ashley Fulton’s year. The Daily Trojan regrets this error. New indie-folk and alternative pop artist San Andrea’s music can be described in three words: cheerful, head-bopping and ambient. His first, newly dropped single is an essential part of your summer playlists. Ayoni — senior Complete with soft, intimate vocals, atmospheric instrumentals and vulnerable lyrics, Kid Hastings brings you up-close and personal with his poignant sound — perfect for a quiet afternoon in a hammock on McCarthy Quad. We promise you won’t regret a listen. FUN SUCKR — Zoe D’Andrea: junior, Samantha Short: senior SAMI — senior Kid Hastings — junior playlist. Fans of Coin and Wallows will enjoy it. Maverick — sophomore Experimental electro-pop duo FUN SUCKR changes the game with its unique sound and infectious energy. Fusing ’80s influences with quirky, futuristic synths, the duo is undoubtedly a pair to keep your eyes on. center_img A sonic fusion of R&B, hip-hop and neo-soul, Kabwasa, a 2020 graduate, will sweep you off your feet with his gorgeous, funky vocals. His infectious energy and head-bopping tunes make him a must-listen on this list. Jordyn Simone — senior Former “The Voice” contestant Jordyn Simone cites Anderson .Paak and Ari Lennox as inspirations for her distinctive sonic blend of R&B, hip-hop and rock. With impressive, powerful vocals and confidence radiating off of her lyrics, her music is beyond repeat-worthy. From Doheny Library to your music library, check out these student musicians on the rise. Pictured above from left to right are Kyle Lux, Ella Collier, Jordyn Simone and Vietta. (Design: Ellie Gottesman, Photos by Emily Sagen) With deliciously funky, acoustic beats, indie artist Sally Boy simultaneously exudes unmatched chill and sonic funk. By all definitions, he’s a perfect addition to your Sunday afternoon playlist. From “tapping in” with Saweetie to getting introspective with UMI and feeling moody with Mk.Gee, USC alumni shined in your summer playlist with their latest releases. Now, a new class of Trojan artists is ready to fall into your back-to-school playlist. Your next new chart-topping indie-pop star is a junior philosophy, politics and law major and goes by the name Vietta. With sonic roots in R&B and soul, her chill alternative beats paired with harmonious, sweet vocals make her an artist you should definitely keep an eye on.  Joe Avio — senior Kabwasa — 2020 graduate Ashes To Amber falls nothing short of a psychedelic pop genius. With remnants of early 2000s California rock music, his music guarantees to complete your driving-to-the-beach  Ashley Fulton — sophomore LAMI’s music sounds like a sunset drive down an L.A. thoroughfare: full of heart and soul. LAMI’s modern, laid back approach to funk makes for a perfect soundtrack to just sit back and ride the beat. Jazz saxophone major SAMI is producing a fresh take on electronic music. Her warped melodies and heavy-hitting drum tracks provide a space for her candid lyrics to be heard. Ella Collier —junior A fresh, powerhouse voice with a strong pop sensibility, rising star Ella Collier drips confidence in every note she delivers. With strong, authentic lyrics, needless to say you’ll be blasting her music before your night out.  Kyle Lux — junior Female rocker Manley features warm, emo-guitar hooks. Manley’s intimate and confessional lyrics are like reading pages of a diary. Check out her music if you’re into Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos.  Leesto — junior With more than 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Kyle Lux is a must-listen. Echoed vocals over rollicking lo-fi, hip hop beats bring out a subdued, yet mesmerizing tone. Fans of Frank Ocean, Myles Cameron and Bren Joy will especially enjoy listening. Ayoni is here to change the face of pop music with intricate vocal arrangements and poetic lyrics. Never failing to connect with her audience, she emotes vulnerability and musical prowess in every track she drops.last_img read more

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Wenger confident of lifting Carling Cup

first_imgArsene Wenger said Arsenal’s six-year trophy drought will not be a factor on Sunday when they face Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final.The Gunners’ last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup and victory at Wembley would be the first leg of a possible quadruple.“What is important is not what happened in the last five years, but what we can do now,” said the Arsenal manager.“Success at Wembley can help us to have more confidence for the other trophies that we go for.”Arsenal are second in the Premier League, are in the FA Cup fifth round where they have a home replay against Leyton Orient on Wednesday and they lead Barcelona 2-1 going into the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at the Nou Camp on 8 March.They have been defeated only once in their last 17 matches in all competitions. “We have belief, confidence and are committed,” Wenger added.“We have a good bond, a good confidence level and are highly determined to do well on all fronts.“What will be vital for our success is that we focus well on the next game and give the biggest importance to the next game – that is the final game in the Carling Cup and we will give everything to be successful.“There is a good feeling in the camp, we are on a good run, on a very strong run.”Arsenal will be without injured captain Cesc Fabregas and winger Theo Walcott for the final , although Wenger is confident the squad’s strength in depth will compensate for their absence. “When you look at the squad we have and the number of players we have available, we have enough quality players to deal with that,” he added.Even though Arsenal will be without Fabregas and Walcott, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish remains wary, but he is confident that his team can surprise the favourites.“We’re not as good Arsenal in terms of passing of the ball in tight areas,” said the Scot.“We have to play our own style and that can hopefully upset Arsenal. It’s 11 v 11, they’re not superhuman. If we hit the right levels then we are capable of causing an upset.”Compared to Birmingham, Arsenal’s period without a major trophy has been the blink of an eye. The Blues have been waiting almost half a century since winning the League Cup in 1963. “The fans have gone a long time without silverware and we will try to make those fans proud on Sunday,” McLeish added on BBC’s Football Focus.“If every man gives it his all then I can have no complaints, whatever the result.”His side, who may be without injured ex-Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb for the final, are sitting only three points above the Premier League relegation zone.However, McLeish said they will not be thinking of their predicament on Sunday.“The league is the bread and butter and the consequences of falling out of it are costly,” he continued. “But we’re in final and want to win that. It’s a wonderful occasion but we want to make it more than that and make it successful.”Source: BBClast_img read more

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WWE SummerSlam 2019 live stream: How to watch WWE Network, PPV price

first_imgHow much does SummerSlam 2019 PPV cost?You can also purchase WWE SummerSlam 2019 on pay-per-view through cable and satellite providers including Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, Verizon FiOS TV, Cable One, Dish Network and DirecTV for $59.99-$69.99.How much are tickets for WWE SummerSlam 2019?Tickets for WWE SummerSlam 2019 are available at Ticketmaster and Stubhub. They range in cost from the cheapest, around $150, to the most expensive tickets above $2,500.WWE SummerSlam 2019 matchesBrock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal championshipKofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton for the WWE championshipBecky Lynch vs. Natalya in a submission match for the “Raw” women’s championshipBayley vs. Ember Moon for the “SmackDown” women’s championshipShane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens; if Owens loses, he must quit WWEAJ Styles vs. Ricochet for the United States championshipBray Wyatt vs. Finn BalorCharlotte Flair vs. Trish StratusDolph Ziggler vs. Bill GoldbergDrew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan for the cruiserweight championshipNote: Each of the matches listed above are confirmed for the official card. Get ready for SummerSlam 2019, the WWE’s annual summer extravaganza and one of its biggest shows of the year.WWE heads up to Canada for this year’s event on Sunday, August 11, 2019 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. The event is almost here so keep checking back here as the card continues to fill up. Plus, Sporting News will have plenty of WWE SummerSlam 2019 coverage on the day of the event.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWWE SummerSlam 2019 live streamTV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: WWE.com/livestream+WWE SummerSlam 2019 will be available via the WWE Network and on pay-per-view.For those who want to watch online or via mobile devices, the WWE Network app is available on certain smart TVs — including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic — as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.What time does WWE SummerSlam 2019 start?Date: Sunday, Aug. 11Time: 5 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Scotiabank Arena, TorontoWWE SummerSlam 2019 will air live on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The pre-show will start at 5 p.m. ET with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Duško Ivanović is New Coach of B&H Basketball Team

first_imgDuško Ivanović is the new coach of the basketball team of B&H. This is the decision of the managing board of the Basketball Alliance, which had its session today in Sarajevo.Many coaches competed for this position once the previous coach Aca Petrovič left his position.There were talks about Žan Tabak, Dragan Šakoti, Emir Mutapčić or the eventual return of Mensur Bajramović or Sabit Hadžić.The managing board accepted the proposal of the expert team of the Basketball Alliance of B&H that the Montenegrin expert Duško Ivanović, the winner of many important trophies, would replace Petrović.Ivanović will have a great representation, led by the captain Mirza Teletović.The expert from Montenegro will come to Sarajevo for the contract signing by the end of this month and after that should attend group qualifications for European Championship that will be held next year in Ukraine.Opponents of B&H team for the Euro-basket 2015 will be announced on 3 February.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

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