Saudi king urged to pardon blogger on third anniversary of arrest

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more June 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi king urged to pardon blogger on third anniversary of arrest June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Badawi has been detained since 17 June 2012 for creating an online discussion forum. The sentence passed on him after a series of unfair trials – 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes – was upheld by the supreme court ten days ago. There is no longer any way of obtaining his release by means of an appeal.Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told RSF she was so saddened and upset by the anniversary that she was “incapable of describing” how she felt. She reiterated her appeal to the king to pardon her husband – an appeal supported by RSF.“With the month of Ramadan newly under way, we ask King Salman bin Abdulaziz to show clemency and pardon Raif Badawi, the father of three children, as this is now the only way to free him,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “This young Saudi has already been held for three years in deplorable conditions and is in very poor health. His immediate release is vital.”Discretionary justiceReached by RSF, Saudi human rights activist Hala Al-Dosari attributed Badawi’s continuing detention to the flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.“The biggest problem in Saudi Arabia is the fact that criminal law is exclusively based on the Sharia, which is in fact discretionary,” she said, adding that the Badawi case is a clear example of how the punishments imposed by the judicial system are incompatible with international standards.“The international community’s support and diplomatic efforts can help, because this has an impact on the Saudi authorities,” she said.In the eyes of the Saudi justice system, Badawi is guilty according to sharia and he was convicted above all of breaking its rules. The three years he has spent in prison is already more than adequate as punishment for what he was accused of doing. It is time to free him.RSF has been campaigning for months for the release of Badawi, who was awarded its press freedom prize in 2014 in the Netizen category. A petition for his release launched by RSF already has more than 46,000 signatures.In a joint initiative with its national sections and foreign bureaux, RSF also sent letters to heads of state and government urging them to intercede with the Saudi authorities on Badawi’s behalf. Recipients included US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande and Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy.The Saudi authorities tolerate no independent media outlets and have been steadily tightening their grip on the Internet since the Arab spring in 2011. Online information is closely controlled and the regime does not hesitate to use security grounds and a draconian cyber-crime law to jail bloggers. News RSF_en Follow the news on Saudi Arabia March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts On the third anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz to demonstrate clemency and pardon this young blogger. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News to go further Help by sharing this information Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBSlast_img read more

LIT President strongly encourages Class of 2020 to continue education as…

first_imgNewsEducationLIT President strongly encourages Class of 2020 to continue education as guidelines for academic delivery are publishedBy Cian Reinhardt – June 16, 2020 393 Email Print Facebook Previous articleMajor delivery of PPE by Heroes-Aid to frontline workers across County Limerick todayNext articleLimerick Pride 2020 to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community online Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Linkedincenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology.Picture Sean Curtin True Media.THE LEAVING Certificate Class of 2020 has been encouraged to “come onto” Limerick Institute of Technology’s campuses to continue their education this upcoming academic semester.LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane, is strongly encouraging new third-level students to continue their journey in education, saying, “We want you to come onto our campuses, where we will ensure your safety and provide you with a stimulating college experience.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Cunnane, who is currently the Chair of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), was speaking after principles and guidelines for programme delivery for the 2020/21 academic year were published this week.The guidelines, to be adopted by LIT and all other Institutes of Technology across Ireland, set out how students and communities will be supported over the coming months and through the next academic year.LIT recently unveiled its roadmap to reopening its campuses and outlined preliminary plans for the new 2020/21 academic year.The institute will introduce a blended model of learning which will include remote teaching and lectures coupled with practical classes and tutorials that will take place predominantly on campus.Professor Cunnane welcomed the guidelines and recognised the importance of the student experience in producing graduates that respond to regional industry needs.The LIT President said they want students and parents/guardians across the country to know “that we will take care of you and all of our students next year”.“Our model blends the theoretical with the practical, and because of this our students will continue to be on campus for much of their learning,” Professor Cunnane said, adding, “It may be happening in a different way, but it will be happening.  The entire sector has been working to ensure that our students will be safe and will experience college life.”Although LIT’s campuses will be open more fully from September 2020, the volume of people on campus at any given time may be substantially reduced to allow for social distancing and other public health directives.Professor Cunnane said students who accept their CAO offers for an LIT course will “be beginning an exciting and dynamic professional journey” that will help shape not only their future, but that of the region and Ireland.Returning LIT students will return to their studies on September 14, with incoming LIT students beginning their term on September 28, in line with all others Institutes of Technology across the country.LIT is planning to maintain all services for students throughout the academic year 2020/21.More details on the principles and guidelines for programme delivery for the 2020/21 are available on www.thea.ielast_img read more

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

first_imgThere’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.last_img read more

BMKG warns of high waves in Mentawai Islands, Bali due to strong winds

first_imgThe BMKG has called on residents and visitors to be on alert. Read also: BMKG warns of heavy rains, high waves across IndonesiaMany Indonesians are enjoying a long weekend thanks to the celebration of Islamic New Year, which fell on Thursday, and an extra day off declared by the government for Friday.Many apparently opted to spend their free time at tourism destinations, including beaches, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Pangandaran Beach on the south coast of West Java, for example, was swamped by hundreds of visitors in the past few days, forcing authorities to monitor them to ensure the implementation of COVID-19 health protocol. (vny)Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of possible high waves in several regions of the country as a result of strong winds this weekend.Areas deemed at risk of high waves include places on the west coast of Sumatra, such as Simeulue Island in Aceh and Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra, as well as on the south coast of Java. The islands of Bali and Lombok may also be affected.Waves in the abovementioned areas are predicted to reach a height of 2.5 meters to 4 m, reported on Friday. Meanwhile, waves of 1.25 m to 2 m may be seen in eastern parts of the country.last_img read more

Arsenal should take £40m ‘gamble’ on Lewis Dunk instead of Pablo Mari, says Ray Palour

first_img Arteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA CupTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:22FullscreenArteta ‘pleased’ after Arsenal progress past Bournemouth in FA Cup is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Martin Keown says Arsenal have no option but to bring in a defender if they are to have any hope of achieving their ‘massive goals’ this season.‘Arsenal now need to go and sign a central defender if they didn’t need one already,’ the ex-Arsenal centre-back said on BT Sport.‘That will determine it. You need to have bodies now. There’s massive goals ahead for the rest of the season.‘You’ve got the Europa League where if you win that you get back in the Champions League, you can fight for the top-four – maybe that’s gone – but you’ve got to get back into Europe and the FA Cup itself.‘There is still so much to fight for.’MORE: Joe Willock reveals what Mikel Arteta told him before Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Jan 2020 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisement Arsenal should take £40m ‘gamble’ on Lewis Dunk instead of Pablo Mari, says Ray Palour Commentcenter_img Advertisement Ray Parlour says Arsenal should sign a ‘proper centre-back’ like Lewis Dunk (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to take a ‘gamble’ and try to sign Lewis Dunk over Pablo Mari this January.The Gunners are in the market for a central defender after Calum Chamers was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury and Mari has been identified as the club’s priority target.Arsenal technical director Edu agreed a deal with Flamengo for Mari last week and the Spanish centre-back travelled to London on Saturday before undergoing a medical.However, the move is now in serious doubt after a Flamengo director accused the Premier League giants of changing the terms of their agreement.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFlamengo head coach Jorge Jesus has also played down Arsenal’s chances of landing Mari before Friday’s transfer deadline. Flamengo ace Mari is Arsenal’s number one target this January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Parlour believes his former club should look closer to home for a defender this winter and has named Brighton’s Dunk as a potential solution.‘If I really had to go and buy one, whether you’ve got the money to do it or not, I’d take a gamble on a player like Lewis Dunk,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.‘£30million, £40million, would Brighton take that? I don’t know.‘I like the way he plays, he’s a proper centre-back. That’s what you need sometimes.‘Sol Campbell was a proper centre-back when I played, he’d stop you scoring, and that’s what you want from your centre-half.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He doesn’t have to be great on the ball at times. We’re talking about different players [in quality].‘Sol was one of the best centre halves around at that time.‘But someone like Lewis Dunk, who’s probably a little bit unlucky not to be in more England squads, I’m sure Brighton fans don’t want to be losing a player like that.’last_img read more