Court clears journalist facing 15-year jail sentence

first_imgcc: Attorney General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution November 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court clears journalist facing 15-year jail sentence News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Mr. Mamdouh Mohy Al Din MareyMinister of JusticeJustice BldgMagles El Shaab StreetCairo Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, would like to draw your attention to the case of Allam Abdel Ghaffar, a journalist who was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in the Cairo suburb of Gizeh on 23 October.Mr. Ghaffar wrote an investigative report about alleged irregularities at VACSERA, a manufacturer of vaccines and biological products, that was published in the weekly Al-Yom Al-Sabi on 30 March. The newspaper issued a correction at once when it emerged that documents that Mr. Ghaffar had used to support the report’s allegations were forged.Mr. Ghaffar had been unable to verify the authenticity of the documents and their provenance in the absence of a legislative framework clearly regulating access to information and its circulation. The real crime was the forging of the documents (whatever the purpose), not the unintentional dissemination of false information based on them.Moreover, the general principles of law have not been respected in this case. No account was taken of the right of defence. Unaware that the trial was taken place, Mr. Ghaffar was unable to hire a lawyer to defend himself. The verdict and sentence were issued in his absence.The principle of proportionality between offence and penalty was nor respected either. Found guilty of a crime for which he was not responsible, Mr. Ghaffar was given a 15-year sentence although the relevant jurisprudence establishes a five-year sentence for proven cases of deliberate dissemination of false information.In view of the disproportionate nature of the sentence and the serious irregularities that marked the trial, Reporters Without Borders urges you to use your power to have Mr. Ghaffar’s conviction quashed. Dear Justice Minister, center_img News Reporters Without Borders hails the decision by a criminal court in the Cairo suburb of Gizeh on 21 November to acquit Allam Abdel Ghaffar, a reporter for the daily Youm7, of charges of disseminating false information and forging documents.At a hearing on 24 October, the court’s prosecutor had called for 15-year jail sentence for Ghaffar, who was never given a chance to defend himself in court.Reporters Without Borders sent an open letter to justice minister Mamdouh Mohhieddeen Mari on 24 October describing the charges as baseless and the sentence as disproportionate, and calling for the prosecution to be withdrawn. (More information: http://en.rsf.org/egypt-journalist-gets-15-year-jail-28-10-2010,38688.html).———-28/10/2010Disproportionate sentenceJournalist gets 15-year jail sentence after illegal trialReporters Without Borders sent an open letter today to justice minister Mamdouh Mohieddine Mari urging him to ensure that journalist Allam Abdel Ghaffar’s conviction is quashed. Ghaffar was sentenced last weekend to 15 years in prison on charges of disseminating false information and forging documents. He was unaware that the trial was taking place. We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request. Receive email alerts to go further Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Paris, 27 October 2010 February 1, 2021 Find out more Respectfully, January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick GPs get the classroom treatment

first_imgLinkedin Email Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick GPs get the classroom treatmentBy Alan Jacques – October 22, 2015 1268 TAGSlimerickUL HospitalsUniversity of Limerick Medical School Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Printcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleLimerick councillor gets Santa letter in earlyNext article#VIDEO Foynes potential to become major hub for biofuel manufacturing Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Professor Calvin Coffey, Colorectal Surgeon UL Hospitals, Foundation Chair of Surgery, UL GEMS, Dr Jack McCarthy, Ennis, Dr Mary Gray, Limerick City and Professor Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer UL Hospitals.Pic: Gareth Williamsby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Calvin Coffey, Colorectal Surgeon UL Hospitals, Foundation Chair of Surgery, UL GEMS, Dr Jack McCarthy, Ennis, Dr Mary Gray, Limerick City and Professor Paul Finucane, Chief Academic Officer UL Hospitals.Pic: Gareth WilliamsA CALL from GPs for interactive educational events resulted in a UL Hospitals Study Evening with a difference.More than 40 GPs gathered at the University of Limerick Medical School for a talk that formed part of an ongoing education and engagement programme to develop links with GPs and enhance the quality of patient care.The UL Hospitals GP Study Evening involved three interactive discussions based on hypothetical cases, which were run concurrently with the presenters rotating between groups of participants.UL Hospitals chief academic officer Professor Paul Finucane said that feedback from GPs indicated that they wanted educational events which were as interactive as possible.“In response, we organised the study evening in this dynamic way and we were delighted with the turnout and level of participation by the groups.”Dr Ray O’Connor, facilitator and GP, welcomed the interaction with colleagues in UL Hospitals.“The structure was unusual and it is good to participate in an educational event which is a bit different in format to the norm.  I am looking forward to the next one,” he said.UL Hospitals plan to run three further GP Study Evenings in January, May and September 2016. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

PBC Educators Address the First Day of School in Press Conference

first_imgThe first day of school in Palm Beach County is a week away and the Palm Beach County School District wants students and parents to be prepared.Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy, along with other school district leaders, will hold a news conference on Monday at 11 a.m. to discuss the upcoming school year and new initiatives in the district.All Palm Beach public schools start classes on Monday, Aug. 12.Find your child’s school bus stop here.School security is a top priority in Palm Beach County. The district recently satisfied the state mandate requiring a police officer or armed guard posted in every public school.That mandate was a direct result of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018.last_img read more

Mayweather Jr. tops Forbes list of money makers

first_imgHIGHEST PAID—This Sept. 17, 2011 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, punching Victor Ortiz during their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) Mayweather, who made $85 million for two fights last year, is currently serving a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas for domestic battery.Boxer Manny Pacquiao is second on the magazine’s list at $62 million from earnings and endorsements. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley earlier this month.Tiger Woods, No. 1 on the list since 2001, made $59.4 million to place third.LeBron James of the Miami Heat is fourth ($53 million). He is one of 13 basketball players on the list.Tennis star Roger Federer is fifth at $52.7 million.Thirty football players made the top 100, with Peyton Manning tops among them at No. 10. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback made $42.4 million during his last season with the Indianapolis Colts, even though he sat out the entire season while recovering from a neck injury.David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy was No. 8 overall and the highest ranked soccer player at $46 million.New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was tops among baseball players and No. 18 overall with $33 million.Two women, both tennis players, made the list. Maria Sharapova ($27.9 million) comes in at No. 26, and Li Na ($18.4 million). (AP)—The world’s highest-paid athlete is in jail. The guy in second place just lost a title fight, and the man who held the distinction for a decade is now third. Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” is No. 1.last_img read more

Red Bank’s Holiday Tree To Remain on Monmouth Street

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.last_img read more

Jamboree event highlight of Terry Walgren Tournament

first_imgThe Terry Walgren Youth Soccer Tournament attracted players and teams from throughout the Kootenay and Okanagan regions along with some participants from south of the 49th parallel. Part of the weekend was reserved for players under the age of 12 playing in a Jamboree style event.Host Nelson, with 21-plus players on the roster, entered a pair of teams into the Jamboree.During the Jamboree, there are no scores or points kept, just a lot of determination and skill by all players.The Jamboree event prepares the players for the Rep category, which youth soccer players enter for the next years.Some of the players on the Nelson squad included, Logan Martin, Joey Wall, Chase Colgur, Albie Drysdale, Van Keywood, Ryder Collins, Ethan Knight, Logan Wright, Ilya Sherstobitoff, Markus Rentke, Evan Ouchi, Amani Kaufmann, Yannick Holt-Lachance, Oliver Gyr, Charlie Morrison, Jacob De Zwart, Peyton Wilkinson, Tanner Jackson, Kaden White,  Emil Metcalfand Gabriel Makortoff.last_img read more

Flyer lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie Athletics

first_imgFlyers lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie AthleticsWith the series tied up 1-1, Thursday night’s game three shifted back to Grande Prairie, in front of an unusually large crowd at the Coca-Cola Centre.But, the Flyers played possibly their worst game of the season, allowing the Athletics to take control, and by the end of the 1st it was 2-0 Athletics.- Advertisement -The A’s kept playing hard during the second and doubled their lead by 2 points for a second period score of 4-0 Athletics.Ryan Bjorklund replaced Chad Vizzutti in the Flyers net to start the third, in a bid by coach Brash to start the team, but it had little effect, as the Flyers looked tired and unfocused.  It looked like it was going to be a shutout for the Athletics, but David Alexander managed to get the Flyers on the board late, in the only bright spot in an otherwise long and forgettable night.  The Athletics definitely earned the win, keeping the Flyers to the perimiter all game, and allowing very few goal-scoring opportunities.  Grande Prairie went 3/5 on the powerplay, including two goals from Mike Mohr, while the Flyers went 0/8 with the man advantage, including an extended period of two-man advantage late in the second.  The Athletics now take a 2-1 lead in the series, with game four on Saturday night, again in Grande Prairie. Advertisement Listen to this highlights package [asset|aid=1132|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9b2b2768b5190063fe222cbd487f3911-Flyer lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie Athletics_1_Pub.mp3]Catch Saturday’s game four live on Moose FM, at 7:30pm PST.last_img read more

Leratong hospital gets much-needed revamp

first_imgKrugersdorp’s Leratong Hospital will soonbe able to offer a much improved service.  Not just the equipment and facilities,but also the patient environment isundergoing a revamp.  Currently run down and neglected, theLeratong Hospital serves residents of thesurrounding communities and informalsettlements.(Images: Romaana Naidoo)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Phumelele Kaunda  Media liaison, Gauteng health dept  + 27 11 355 3862 or +27 82 334 9851 RELATED ARTICLES • R13.8m surgical skills centre for SA • Smile Week to transform children’s lives • New centres to fight HIV in KZN • Soweto to get second state hospitalRomaana NaidooThe derelict Leratong Hospital outside Krugersdorp, east of Johannesburg, has been earmarked for major renovations which will transform it into a top-class public health facility.Located in the industrial area of Chamdor, the hospital, which already has a new reception area and trauma unit, will undergo further phased renovations in March at a cost of approximately R8-million (US$1.06-million).Through partnerships with corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Leratong Hospital will be revamped from top to bottom, ensuring patients have healthy, clean surroundings and ample facilities.The upcoming renovation phase will form part of the hospital’s P3 Walk-in Casualty area.Better care for patientsThe renovations will be done with the help of the South African Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, whose main function is to assist provincial health departments with medical equipment and infrastructure especially in relation to tuberculosis, HIV and trauma.Dianne Pols, director of the SAME Foundation, says technology at Leratong is so behind, it’s unbelievable. “We work in crises situations when people can’t afford to better their conditions.” In July 2011, SAME Foundation renovated and re-equipped Leratong Hospital with top-of-the-range Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment from Germany. Currently it is the only hospital in the country, public or private, to use such equipment.More beds, modern equipmentThis revamp forms part of a three-phase project. On 16 May 2011 a ceremony was held for the renovations and equipping of the Leratong Hospital. Three months later, Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe officially opened the Emergency and Accident Unit.Renovations of the unit included increasing the number of beds from 15 to 32.All beds have diagnostic and monitoring equipment and, owing to the size of the resuscitation area, a central monitoring station has been installed to alert staff if any patient is in distress.The reception area has also been restructured and refurbished. Because of the large volumes of people and patients using the hospital, it was vital to rearrange this section so that patients can be attended to efficiently, and sit in a comfortable environment while they wait for care.Leratong Hospital mainly serves previously disadvantaged communities and has a bed capacity of 800. However, a lack of equipment means that not all beds are utilised. Currently 755 beds are in use.The hospital serves mainly poor to middle-class communities in the surrounding area, which is densely populated with informal settlements.Its key health challenges are HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and trauma, with violence off all kinds being a major contributing factor to the latter situation.Leratong Hospital is known amongst emergency services personnel for its lack of sufficient equipment.last_img read more

New equipment for Gauteng hospitals

first_img22 June 2012 Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, south-west of Johannesburg, was the first to benefit from a project to replace deteriorating electro-mechanical equipment in health facilities across South Africa’s Gauteng province. Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Bheki Nkosi visited Chris Hani Baragwanath on Thursday to inspect the newly replaced laundry equipment at the hospital. “Electro-mechanical equipment is central to the functionality of health facilities and the creation of a habitable healing environment,” Nkosi said. The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development embarked on the project last year, and was allocated R57-million for construction and R296-million for maintenance for 2012/13. The project includes the replacement and refurbishment of boilers, lifts, laundries, chillers, autoclaves, electrical reticulation and change-over switches of generators which have exceeded their life-span. The first phase of the project included the upgrading of the laundry at Baragwanath, which was recently completed at a cost of R16.5-million. With the new tumble dryer, iron liner and two roller ironers, the 2 880-bed hospital is now able to complete the washing and ironing of 1 200 sheets per hour – an improvement on the 450 sheets completed by the old machines. The new laundry equipment will also service other clinics in the Soweto, Vaal and Roodepoort areas, as well as forensic pathology units. It will also service the soon- to-be-completed Jabulani District Hospital. “We are very happy because the hospital is now able to handle the speed of the load, it is also of high quality and will ensure savings on energy, water and detergents,” Nkosi said. He added that the process of bringing the new technology to hospitals was being rolled out phase by phase. Other hospitals that will benefit include the Charlotte Maxeke, George Mukhari, Jubilee, and Helen Joseph hospital. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Too early to sell 2017 soybeans?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-16 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year. Those daily prices ranged from $8.40 on March 1, 2016 to $11.58 on June 30, 2016.Through the first half of the 2015-16 marketing year, the soybean market traded on the basis of prospective year ending stocks of U.S soybeans of 450 to 460 million bushels. The 2015 U.S crop was very large, following an equally large crop in 2014; the 2016 South American crop was expected to be record large; U.S. exports were expected to be 150 million bushels smaller than in the previous year; and U.S. producers were expected to expand planted acreage in 2016 following the weather-induced decline in 2015. As things turned out, the South American crop was 225 million bushels smaller and U.S. exports were 250 million bushels larger than projected in March, U.S. producers increased soybean plantings less than expected, and the USDA’s September 1 Grain Stocks report to be released on September 30 is expected to show marketing year ending stocks of only195 million bushels. If confirmed, year-ending stocks will have been below 200 million bushels for two consecutive years following early year expectations for stocks to exceed 450 million bushels. Ending stocks have exceeded 200 million bushels only once since 2008.Soybean prices have now receded from the summer highs, with central Illinois bid prices currently averaging about $9.30, still about $0.75 higher than prices a year earlier. Prices have declined as new crop soybeans have become available and have alleviated some of the tightness in old crop supplies, resulting in a much weaker basis than experienced earlier in the month. In addition, early yield reports tend to confirm USDA’s forecast of a record high U.S. average yield this year, with some potential that the yield will exceed the current forecast of 50.6 bushels per acre. With consumption during the 2016-17 marketing already projected to be record large, an increase in the average yield forecast (without an unexpected decline in the estimate of harvested acreage) would likely result in an increase in the current projection of year-ending stocks of 365 million bushels.Two additional factors point to the potential for additional weakness in soybean prices as the 2016-17 marketing year unfolds. First, is the likely rebound in South American production in 2017. The USDA expects a modest increase in soybean acreage for harvest in South America next year. While an increase of only 1.5 percent is currently projected (mostly in Brazil), normal yield levels result in a projected 3.5 percent (220 million bushels) year-over-year increase in South American production. If that large crop materializes, the pace of U.S. exports would be expected to experience the normal sharp seasonal decline beginning in the spring of 2017.A second factor that could contribute to lower soybean prices is an increase in soybean acreage in the U.S. in 2017. While it is too early to form solid expectations about U.S. acreage, low prices of other commodities relative to soybeans would be expected to result in some switch away from those crops to soybeans. In particular, the large increase in corn acreage in 2016, prospects for relatively large year-ending corn inventories, and the relatively high cost of producing corn would be expected to result in fewer corn acres in 2017. Futures prices for the 2017 corn and wheat crops are higher than prices for the 2016 crop, but those prices are still low relative to prices for the 2017 soybean crop. The USDA’s Winter Wheat Seedings report released in the second week of January 2017 will provide the first indication of acreage response to current price levels. The size of the 2017 soybean crop will still largely hinge on the average yield. It will be interesting to observe if three consecutive years of above trend U.S. average soybean yields will alter early expectations for the average yield in 2017.While the potential for larger South American and U.S. soybean crops in 2017 are widely recognized, prices for the 2017 crop remain well supported. November 2017 futures are currently trading only about $.03 below November 2016 futures and July 2018 futures are $0.19 below July 2017 futures. Bids for 2017 harvest delivery in central Illinois are near $9.15. With so much production uncertainty over the next 10 months, a strong pace of Chinese buying, and the recent history of smaller than expected year-ending stocks, it is not completely surprising that the market is not yet reflecting the potential for a growing surplus of soybeans during the 2017-18 marketing year. The question for producers is whether or not current prices offer a pricing opportunity for a portion of the 2017 crop. The answer is more likely to be yes for those who intend to increase soybean acreage in response to current price relationships.last_img read more