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
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Mathew Imaging/Contributor/FilmMagic for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences(NEW YORK CITY) — A New York woman has claimed that former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw gave her an unwanted “French kiss” some 50 years ago.Freelance writer Mary Reinholz wrote in an essay for the weekly Manhattan paper The Villager that she decided to come forward after reading the “disparaging remarks” Brokaw made about Linda Vester, another woman who alleged untoward conduct by the legendary newsman.The national #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment “ignited vivid memories for this aging freelance scribe,” Reinholz, 80, wrote in her column published Monday.“I recalled getting hit on by several powerful men in the news business during my 1960s young adulthood, among them NBC heavyweight Tom Brokaw,” she wrote. Reinholz is the third woman in recent days who has alleged that Brokaw made inappropriate romantic advances.Brokaw hasn’t yet responded directly to the allegation by Reinholz. Reached by phone at his New York home today, the 78-year-old Brokaw declined to answer questions from ABC News.Brokaw has denied previous allegations. In a statement, the long-married newsman described Vester as a “character assassin” whose interviews with The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Washington Post ambushed him like a “drive-by shooting.”Another woman, who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity, also alleged that Brokaw also acted inappropriately toward her in the 1990s, when she was a young production assistant at NBC and Brokaw was the Peacock network’s chief anchor.The allegations against Brokaw come about five months after NBC fired “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” In her article, Reinholz recalled an “uncomfortable” encounter with Brokaw she says occurred in the 1960s when Brokaw was in his late twenties and a news anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.She said she called Brokaw to thank him for getting her information from a Los Angeles Police Department report for a news story she was working on and “somehow it came to pass that we decided to meet at my Laurel Canyon cottage on a weekend afternoon.“We talked and then, abruptly, he was embracing me and giving me a French kiss,” Reinholz wrote. “I pulled away, reminding him that he was married and a tryst was out of the question. He said, ‘Yes, it would be unfair to Meredith,’ meaning his wife.”She wanted to “stay friendly” with Brokaw and even “called him a couple of times for one reason or another,” but never had another face-to-face meeting with him.“I had been married but I wasn’t interested in Brokaw as a sex partner and the situation made me uncomfortable,” Reinholz wrote. In an email today, Reinholz told ABC News that she has not heard from Brokaw since her column was published and was “remiss in not attempting to contact him while revising an assigned ‘personal column’ on a #MeToo movement event.”Vester, 52, a former NBC News correspondent, claims that on two occasions in the 1990s Brokaw attempted to kiss her, once after showing up at her New York hotel room uninvited. She also described an incident in which Brokaw once grabbed her from behind in front of colleagues in a work setting and proceeded to “tickle me up and down my waist.”Brokaw maintains that Vester initiated the New York hotel room meeting she describes. “I should not have gone but I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction,” Brokaw wrote in a statement to NBC colleagues after Vester’s allegations.“I deeply resent the pain and anger she inflicted on my wife, daughters and granddaughters,” Brokaw continued. “I am proud of who I am as a husband, father, grandfather, journalist and citizen. Vester, the Washington Post and Variety cannot diminish that. But in this one woman piece of sensational claims they are trying.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
KeyCorp CEO Henry L. Meyer III today announced that Key will give $5,000 to Haiti earthquake relief efforts in each of Key s 22 Key Community Bank districts from Maine to Alaska and in selected cities where Key National Bank has a presence. The gift will total $135,000. The donations will be made through a local chapter of the American Red Cross in each location.In presenting a check for Haiti relief to the Vermont and New Hampshire Valley Region of the American Red Cross, Scott Carpenter, president, Vermont District, KeyBank, said: This donation comes with the thoughts and prayers of our entire Key community. We grieve with the people of Haiti and are proud to support them as they begin to rebuild their country.KeyBank Foundation head Margot Copeland added, Our employees are already giving individually and generously to this tragedy by donating to the American National Red Cross and other first responders. KeyBank Foundation will continue to match these gifts dollar for dollar, which is in addition to the $135,000 announced today.Individuals wishing to support Haiti relief should contact a trusted charity, such as the American Red Cross or other first responder, to make a pledge or donation. Lists of relief organizations working in Haiti are available on the Internet.KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of approximately 2,400 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.Source: BURLINGTON, VT, January 29, 2010 KeyCorp
Render – Shea Residences St. LuciaSunland Group’s new display home sits on land formerly occupied by the “Pink Palace” – a St Lucia icon that was once a party house for rock stars and celebrities before being reclaimed by nature.The Pink Palace was demolished to make way for Shea Residences Pic Jamie HansonThe sprawling mansion, at 276 Swann Road, was purchased by Sunland Group — the developer behind projects including Palazzo Versace and Q1 on the Gold Coast — in May 2015, and was demolished in 2016.Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said construction of Shea Residences was now on track for completion during the first quarter of 2018, with 75 per cent of the development sold.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe display home was recently opened to the public, giving potential buyers the chance to experience the boutique development.Shea Residence, St LuciaIt will include 28 luxury homes located within an intimate garden setting.Living and dining spaces flow to the balcony, perfect for entertaining.Shea Residences, St Lucia“Natural textures of copper and travertine stone are featured among the exquisite architectural facades, alongside flute and curtain inspired entrances,’’ Mr Abedian said.“They are connected at the podium level by a sculptural central spine – featuring artistic landscape design and reflection pools – and a magnificent cantilevered garden that is located at its entrance.“Stylish gourmet kitchens are fully integrated, featuring stone bench tops, high-gloss cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances.”Mr Abedian said Shea Residences also featured a unique basement car park design complete with secure garages, additional storage and exclusive lift access to each home.The Pink Palace’s original sandstone pavilion — which once formed the main entrance to the administration building of the former Brisbane Central Technical College (now known as QUT) on George Street in the Brisbane CBD — has also been preserved.“(It) will be transformed into an elegant resident amenities building complete with a private cinema, lounge and entertaining kitchen overlooking the pool,” Mr Abedian said.
Jakarta: Reigning Asian champion Neeraj Chopra created a new national record on his way to the men’s javelin gold at the 18th Asian Games here on Monday.Neeraj threw 88.06 metres in his third attempt to clinch gold. Neeraj’s gold is India’s second medal in the event in Asiad history. Gurtej Singh had taken a bronze at the 1982 edition in New Delhi.Liu Qizhen took silver for China with a personal best of 82.22m. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem was a surprise finisher at the bronze medal position.Languishing at the fifth position till late in the competition, the Pakistani was initially struggling to get past the 75 metre mark. But he hit 80.75m with his fourth attempt which put him on the podium.Shivpal Singh, the other Indian in the fray, registered 74.11m to finish eighth.In his first attempt, Neeraj recorded 83.46 metres. He fouled his second attempt but the next three attempts saw him throwing 88.06m, 83.25m and 86.36m respectively.”I could have crossed 90m today but I was repeatedly getting too much height in my throws. But I am happy with my performance,” Neeraj told the media after the event.”My next target is wining gold at the Diamond League Final which starts on September 13,” he added. IANS