RSF_en Co-founder of Saudi human rights watchdog receives seven-year sentence and travel ban for highlighting abuses July 1, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber crime law used again to silence dissident voices News News Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Two other prominent human rights activists who are also co-founders of ACPRA, Abdullah bin Hamid bin Ali Al-Hamid, 66, and Mohamed bin Fahad bin Muflih Al-Qahtani, 47, were sentenced respectively to 10 and 11 years’ imprisonment and received subsequent travel bans of the same duration.In April 2012, Mohammed Saleh Al-Bajady, also accused of helping to set up ACPRA, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment followed by a five-year travel ban. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News A Riyadh court sentenced Fawzan Al-Harbi, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) which records abuses by the Saudi authorities, to seven years’ imprisonment on 25 June and ordered him not to leave the country for the same duration after he has served his sentence. He was also banned from writing on social networks.“Reporters Without Borders condemns in the strongest terms the conviction of Fawzan Al-Harbi and the continual use of the law on cyber crime to muzzle human rights activists,” said Virginie Dangles, deputy head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders.“After the orchestrated conviction Waleed Abu Al Khair, founder of the Monitor of Human Rights, the cases against Fawzan Al-Harbi and his colleagues shows the Saudi monarchy’s determination to flout basic freedoms.”Al-Harbi was charged among other things with “preparing, storing and disseminating information harmful to public order” and was convicted under article 3 of the 2007 law against cyber crime. He was also accused of taking part in the creation of an unlicensed NGO with the aim of dividing the people, of signing petitions calling for respect for human rights and of criticizing Saudi authorities, including equating Saudi Arabia with a police state.His arrest was ordered during a hearing at his trial last December and was released some four weeks later. He appealed against his conviction on 25 June. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS March 9, 2021 Find out more
Dorset Cereals has launched a new cereal bar range, based on its muesli recipes.The bars come in three varieties: Berries & Cherries; Fruit, Nuts & Seeds; and Super High Fibre. They are all made with the same toasted flakes, nuts, seeds and dried fruit as the mueslis.The bars are available in singles, multipacks of three and impulse shelf-ready units of 24.RRP: 99p per 35g bar or £2.19 for a multipack of three.www.dorsetcereals.co.uk
There’s nothing that screams “Southern Appalachian summer” like taking the kids to a remote swimming hole. The ice-cold water, the dense forest where moss grows on every surface, the dudes in jean shorts doing backflips off rocks (then diving deep over and over to try to find their lost Oakley sunglasses)…I can almost feel the humidity just thinking about it. So, we decided to ditch work for a day in the middle of the week and take the kids to Midnight Hole, one of the classic swimming holes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Because it’s the Southern Appalachians, we had to time our visit between thunder storms and were mostly successful. The sun never really broke through the clouds, but nobody got struck by lightning, so I consider that a win. It took my kids a while to work up the courage to soar off the jumping rock, a massive boulder that hung 15 feet above the deepest part of Midnight Hole. They were skeptical about the jump partly because the water was so damn cold, but mostly because of the blanket of white bubbles that churned at the bottom of the small waterfall, obscuring the landing zone. My son told me he was scared because he couldn’t see what was beneath that white, churning surface. It didn’t matter than I had done the jump and declared it to be safe and fun. He was suspicious. The swimming hole was scary and full of mystery for him. Which is exactly what Midnight Hole is known for, earning the name “Midnight Hole” because the pool at the bottom of the falls is so damn deep, it’s black. I tried my damnedest to touch the bottom with each jump, but never once felt anything firm beneath the surface. Maybe the best part of the entire day was talking with the wonderful lady who owned the Big Creek Country Store, a general store at the edge of the park where we stopped for Moon Pies and peanuts after the adventure. She grew up in the area and told us how the grownups would tell stories to their kids about the boogeyman who would rise up from the bottom of Midnight Hole and snatch swimmers. When she was just a kid, a man in a scuba suit showed up at Midnight Hole to test the depth of the river at the base of the falls. It was one of those old school scuba suits—the kind with the big, round helmets used in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. She says that the scuba diver never found the bottom of the hole. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I like the story, and it just underscores the notion that this swimming hole is full of mystery. Like, maybe there is some body-snatching monster that lives in the depths of that hole, just waiting for the right combination of laughter, Budweiser and Chacos to rise to the surface for a snack. After he worked up the nerve to jump, my son did some exploring of his own with some snorkeling gear. He didn’t see a monster. He saw a lot of little fish. Maybe somebody’s watch. But no monster. And he’s dying to go back. So again, I consider that a win.
Derby’s prospective takeover by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan has been approved by the English Football League. Sheikh Khaled, who is the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, fronts Bin Zayed International LLC and previously made high-profile bids to buy Premier League clubs Liverpool and Newcastle.- Advertisement – Former Derby head coach Steve McClaren says the club and its boss Phillip Cocu are ‘underachieving’ with the Rams second from bottom in the Championship. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The impending deal, which has been agreed in principle following discussions with Derby owner Mel Morris, was discussed at an EFL board meeting on Thursday.Derby said in a club statement: “Derby County Football Club’s Owner and Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE has been in discussion with Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited since May in relation to taking over the ownership the club. 0:55 Derby are second-bottom of the Championship table after a six-game run without a win since the October international break, form that has increased the scrutiny on manager Phillip Cocu.Dutchman Cocu, who has won just won of his opening 10 league games this season, will not be in the dugout against Barnsley on Saturday as he and Morris are self-isolating after club chief executive Stephen Pearce tested positive for coronavirus.Cocu and Morris, who has already publicly backed the Dutchman earlier this season, both came into contact with Pearce during individual meetings. “These talks progressed to the point where a deal has, in principle, been agreed between the two parties.“The club’s submission under the Owners and Director’s test for Derventio was approved by the EFL board on Thursday.Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited, who’s ultimate controlling entity is Bin Zayed International LLC, owned by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan, may now proceed with the transaction, which is a expected to close very soon.” Image:Wayne Rooney is the Derby captain – Advertisement –
The senior guard took advantage of a mismatch she expected entering the game. Tennessee’s 6-foot-2 Bashaara Graves was matched up on the 5-foot-8 Fondren. Though Graves is bigger, Fondren used her quick burst to drive past her. Originally a point guard, Fondren was more than comfortable dribbling the ball.Fondren made her biggest play of the game with 1:34 left in the third quarter. Again she attacked the hoop and this time made the basket while also drawing a foul. What was a four-point game a minute and a half earlier became a nine-point game.When the ball dropped through the hoop and the ref blew the whistle, Maggie Morrison pumped her arm forward. Butler held one fist in the air. The Orange had a comfortable lead and wasn’t letting up.“She’s a really good defender, player. She’s much bigger than me,” Fondren said of Graves. “… Coach Q really trusts me to get to the basket.” MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse reaches first-ever Final Four with 89-67 win over TennesseeBrianna Butler sinks six 3s in Elite Eight victoryPregame net-cutting lessons pay off for the Orange SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One of the only things Cornelia Fondren couldn’t do on Sunday was cut down the net with ease. Before the final buzzer sounded, though, Fondren gave Syracuse the lift off the bench that has made the Orange dangerous all season.She got to the basket when she wanted to. She knocked down every field goal she took. And as Tennessee focused on other scoring threats, Fondren made the most of her chances.“Cornelia attacked us,” Volunteers head coach Holly Warlick said. “Obviously when you’re concerned with (Brianna) Butler and (Alexis) Peterson, then you open it up a little bit. She drove to the basket and did a great job.”No. 4 seed SU (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) advanced to its first Final Four in program history with an 89-67 win over No. 7 seed UT (22-14, 8-8 Southeastern) on Sunday partly because of Fondren’s aggressiveness, which resulted in 13 points in 19 minutes. It took just 31 seconds after subbing in to impose her will on the Vols’ defense.“I just wanted to attack and get to the basket,” Fondren said. “I felt like no one could stop me if I tried to go to the basket.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text As efficient as Fondren was, foul trouble caught up to her when she committed back-to-back fouls within the final six seconds of the third quarter. The first came when Fondren tried to deflect a Diamond DeShields mid-range jump shot. After the whistle blew, Fondren slapped her hands together signaling that she got the ball and not DeShields. But regardless of the antics she had after the play, there was no way of reversing her three fouls and SU head coach Quentin Hillsman chose to leave her in the game.Three seconds later, Fondren fouled a Tennessee player after the inbounds pass and this time, Hillsman quickly plucked Brittney Sykes off the bench to replace her.“We had to continue to play our team. We had to continue to play our roster and get our regular rotations,” Hillsman said of why he left Fondren in after her third foul. “… I just took a chance to get her in the game.“She came through. She didn’t commit another foul. She was really, really big for us.”As a contributor to both Syracuse’s frontcourt and backcourt this year, Fondren once again proved her value on a Syracuse team that consistently relies on its bench. She helped SU finish out the win, something she hopes to do twice more this season.“We’re not ready to go home,” Fondren said. “We’re just taking it game by game, remain humble, finishing it out.” Comments Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer Published on March 29, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories FINAL FOUR BOUND: Syracuse buries Tennessee, 89-67, heading to 1st-ever Final FourQuentin Hillsman’s net-cutting lessons put to use on SundayBrianna Butler sinks 6 3s in Elite Eight win over TennesseeStorify: Syracuse community celebrates women’s basketball Final Four berth
Rehabilitation works ongoing at Vreed-en-Hoop Ferry StellingRehabilitative works have commenced on the Vreed-en-Hoop Ferry Stelling, with repairs being made thus far to sections of the landing. These works came after numerous reports were made to the Public Infrastructure Ministry about the deplorable condition of the Stelling.The works, which commenced on Monday last, saw the half of the landing leading to the boats being rebuilt.Speaking with a few of the workmen, they indicated that the entire landing would be rebuilt along with the steps, which were falling apart.Guyana Times also spoke to a few persons who expressed elation with the rehabilitative works.One vendor who plies her trade inside the Stelling said she was rather happy with the development.“I feel satisfied that they start building out there because you know how many accidents I saw because the condition was not good at all,” the vendor related.A commuter said that he felt “less frightened” now that the Stelling was being repaired, especially given the fact that he used the Stelling in the mornings during rush hour.“With everybody rushing to get to work, there is a lot of shoving and pulling out here and with the condition of the Stelling right now, anything could happen so I feel good about this”.Major repairs are still needed on the inside of the structure which has not been repaired for many years now.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal left Chelsea needing to score three times in order to stay in the Champions League.Diego Costa hauled his side back into the tie by scoring 10 minutes after Adrien Rabiot’s goal, but the Blues striker went off in the second half after appearing to pick up an injury.And worse followed for Chelsea when Angel di Maria’s cross was volleyed in from close range by Ibrahimovic.Paris St-Germain, 2-1 up from the first leg, scored after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Di Maria played the ball into the penalty area and Ibrahimovic drifted away from Branislav Ivanovic before crossing low from the right for Rabiot tap in.Ivanovic had earlier prevented a PSG goal by sliding in and clearing the ball after keeper Thibaut Courtois had been beaten by Di Maria’s angled shot.After going ahead, the French champions seemed to be in control. But Chelsea battled on and were rewarded by Costa’s 26th-minute strike – his 11th goal in his last 15 matches.Willian exchanged passes with Pedro and set up the Spain international, who showed great composure to shift the ball away from Thiago Silva and fire into the net.But by the midway point of the second half, PSG were firmly on course for the quarter-finals.Costa went off on the hour mark and Ibrahimovic scored seven minutes later.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa (Traore 60).Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s Orange River is the longestin South Africa, flowing west for some 2 200 km. Along the way it provides hydroelectric power and water for irrigation.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library). South Africa’s major and minor rivers have been mapped and priority areas forconservation have been identified.(Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Jeanne Nel NFEPA project co-leader RELATED ARTICLES • SA wine farm invests in biodiversity • New solutions for water conservation • Nedbank invests in water project • Rural community goes greenEmily van RijswijckProtection of South Africa’s renowned freshwater biodiversity has received a boost with the release of groundbreaking scientific data and supporting geo-informatics maps which identify priority areas for conservation.It is the first time that such a tool – which allows freshwater ecosystem and biodiversity goals to become part of the planning and decision-making processes – is available.The National Freshwater Ecosystems Priority Areas (NFEPA) project took three years to complete, with the help of more than 100 specialists in the field.Its aim is to enable better overall and sustainable management of these sensitive, yet economically important areas.The project was a collaboration between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); the South African National Biodiversity Institute; the Water Research Commission; national Departments of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs; the Worldwide Fund for Nature; the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity; and the South African National Parks authority.The available information includes spatial maps with data and metadata, an implementation manual and guidelines.Project co-leader Dr Jeanne Nel, the principal scientist of the biodiversity and ecosystems services at the CSIR, says it should help key decision makers, whose planning will impact on these systems, “to keep these areas in mind when making critical decisions”.The information is also an invaluable research tool to academics and scientists. Valuable water management toolThe NFEPA maps and supporting information is freely available online and is expected to be an excellent water management tool. The maps provide guidance on how many and which rivers, wetlands and estuaries should remain in a natural or near natural condition to support the water resource protection goals of the National Water Act of 1998.Nel says the guidelines do not advise against development, but that they are rather aimed at bringing about development that supports sustainability of the natural environment. The NFEPA project stresses that the health of ecological systems and associated natural capital should underpin social and economic development.The study found that only 18% of South Africa’s water supply areas are formally protected.All inland water bodies, whether fresh or saline, are defined as freshwater systems. This includes rivers, tributaries, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. South Africa’s diverse freshwater ecosystem ranges from sub-tropical areas such as the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, to the semi-arid interior, and the temperate rivers running through the Western Cape fynbos region.The Cape Floral Kingdom is part of this fynbos biome and is so unique in terms of size and number of species found just here, that it was declared a biodiversity hotspot by the UN Environmental Programme, and later received Natural World Heritage Site status. Healthy tributariesThe NFEPA study divided the country into different ecosystems and produced some surprising findings. For example, it revealed that 30% of South Africa’s smaller rivers remain remarkably healthy.Nel believes the findings of the completed study will be critical in ensuring that these ecosystems remain in good shape, because they provide “a flushing potential” for larger ecosystems.She adds: “Our tributaries are in good health and should be seen as critical buffer zones which support the health of our working rivers. They hold great conservation potential.” But not surprisingly, and matching the global trend, over half of the country’s other freshwater systems are threatened. An alarming 57% of rivers are threatened while the figure for wetlands stands at 65 %.A concerning statistic is that of South Africa’s coastal estuaries which shows an 82 % decline. As a unique ecosystem on its own, the highveld region in the country’s north-eastern interior was highlighted as one that was particularly threatened.The study also highlights the importance of conserving the country’s 19 remaining free-flowing rivers. Free-flowing rivers contain no dams and flow undisturbed from their source to the confluence with a larger river or the sea.The report notes that these rivers should receive top priority to retain their free-flowing character as this is a rare feature in the South African landscape and should be seen as part of our natural heritage.Multi-faceted approachThere are several private-public partnership rehabilitation programmes underway to halt decline in various biospheres. Through the Working for Wetlands programme, over 800 of South Africa’s more than 114 000 wetlands have already been rehabilitated since the programme was started 10 years ago. The national Working for Water programme has been clearing invading alien plants since 1995. The programme grew from 20 projects in 1996 to over 300 projects currently.The Thicket Restoration programme is restoring degraded thicket at various areas in the Eastern Cape province, including parts of the Baviaanskloof Mega-reserve. Besides providing additional job creation potential to poor communities in the area, it is estimated that the restoration of degraded land can sequester up to 411 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per hectare.
The dramatic eviction of Baba Ramdev in the middle of night in a swoop by Delhi police on Sunday set off a slugfest between the UPA and the Sangh Parivar and the yoga guru who announced that he would continue his agitation against black money.The first political fallout of the police action was the decision of civil society activists led by Anna Hazare to boycott Monday’s meeting of the Joint Drafting Committee on Lokpal and the threat to resume the agitation in Jantar Mantar.The police action of firing teargas shells and lathicharge on people in the Ramlila Maidan who were woken up in their sleep in the dead of the night drew sharply critical attacks from BJP and chief ministers Mayawati, Nitish Kumar, Prakash Singh Badal and Naveen Patnaik and former CMs Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chandrababu Naidu.But the government and the Congress came out in strong defence of the decision to evict the 46-year-old Ramdev and legions of his followers, accusing him of going back on his word of withdrawing his fast after reaching an understanding on the issue of measures to bring back black money stashed abroad.The political war erupted hours after Ramdev, who jumped from a three-metre-high podium and tried to escape disguised as a woman, was served with an externment order that barred him entry into the capital for a fortnight.He was bundled into a police van before dawn and flown to Haridwar in a small plane. The police action came after the government and Ramdev traded barbs accusing each other of betrayal.advertisementWith the government decision drawing flak, Congress leadership met at the Prime Minister’s residence which was attended by Sonia Gandhi and senior cabinet ministers.The top BJP leadership met in the capital and condemned the police action, saying it reminded the days of Emergency.A heavy contingent of Delhi police personnel including the Rapid Action Force descended on the fast site a little after 1 AM and met with resistance from the followers of Ramdev who had just completed a day’s fast demanding measures to repatriate black money stashed abroad.The yoga guru, who was met by a high-power delegation of ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee on June 1 at the Delhi airport, vowed in Haridwar to continue his fast-unto-death and threatened to re-enter the capital in the night.Ramdev accused the police of indulging in “brutalities” against his peaceful followers, especially women and children, and called it a “big blot” on the government.Hazare announced that the civil activists would hold a fast at Jantar Mantar on June 8.Government, which held talks with Ramdev until Saturday evening, ordered a police swoop at the Ramlila Maidan rocking the calm when he was asleep on the stage and thousands of his followers on the ground.The fast site resembled a war zone for over three hours with police forcibly evicting thousands of his followers who had ended a day’s fast along with Ramdev.62 people including 23 policemen were injured in the action. Ramdev claimed a Gurgaon residence has been paralysed in the police attack, a woman from Andhra Pradesh suffered leg fractures and at least two others had head injuries.The midnight action triggered a war of words between the government and the Sangh Parivar which threw its full weight behind the yoga guru. the government, which cited intelligence inputs of terror threat to Ramdev, ruled out further talks with him saying he was getting “unreasonable”.- With PTI inputs
KUSI Newsroom, Cleanup of Pacific Beach hoarder house ordered by court KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 17, 2018 March 17, 2018 FacebookTwitter Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, cleanup, hoarder, hoarding, mount soledad, pacific beach The City Attorney’s Office has obtained a court order to begin the clean-up and rehabilitation of a house in the Pacific Beach/Mount Soledad area that “has plagued neighbors with foul odors, trash, and rodents.”In a press release, officials said problems with the property began after the homeowner died in 2012, and one of her sons and various acquaintances moved into her four-bedroom home. An accumulation of junk and debris overflowed from the house and into the driveway and yards, and piles of furniture and trash inside the house created safety hazards.According to the press release, the bathroom sinks drained into buckets, and water leaks created mold throughout the structure. Neighbors also trapped several rats. County Child Protective Services was notified on several occasions that infants or young children were living in unsafe conditions.The City initially sought voluntary compliance from the property owner, but the conditions continued despite more than a dozen warning letters.“This kind of conduct threatens the health and safety of our communities and destroys our quality of life,” City Attorney Mara Elliott said in a statement. “By intervening, we bring relief and peace of mind to affected neighbors, and help for hoarders who often have underlying issues that need to be addressed.”