Help by sharing this information RSF_en Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders News to go further Follow the news on Oman November 25, 2016 Find out more News April 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website moderator gets 10-day suspended prison sentence OmanMiddle East – North Africa October 18, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts Related documents Joint letter to Sultan of Oman by Reporters Without Borders and Arabic Network for Human Rights InformationPDF – 80.25 KB News A court in Muscat yesterday gave website moderator Ali Al Zwaidi a 10-day suspended prison sentence and a fine of 200 rials (400 euros) for posting an allegedly confidential government document online, but dismissed a charge of defamation that had been pending against him since August 2008.The confidential document was a council of minister directive to the information minister instructing him to restrict the public’s freedom to criticise government officials. It revealed that the TV programme “Hadha al-Sabah” was pre-recorded although it was portrayed as a live broadcast.Zwaidi had faced a possible three-year jail sentence on the defamation charge, which was the result of a complaint by the head of Omantel, Oman’s leading telecommunications company, about a critical comment posted on the website. The charge was dismissed after a nine-day investigation.————————-08.04 – “Don’t let your kingdom be one of those that censor free expression”Joint letter to Sultan of Oman by Reporters Without Borders and Arabic Network for Human Rights InformationJean-François Julliard, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders, and Gamal Eid, the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, have written to the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said al Said, about journalist Ali al-Zwaidi, who faces a possible three-year prison sentenced for allowing a comment criticising the head of Oman’s main telecommunications company, Omantel, to be posted on an Internet forum he was moderating. He is due to appear in court on 21 April.“We urge you, Your Majesty, to halt this trial and to order Al-Zwaidi’s release on the grounds that his actions were limited to the defence of free expression and to the realm of publishing,” Julliard and Eid said in the letter. “We also urge you to call for the immediate abolition of all unnecessary restrictions on the lives and activities of the citizens of the Sultanate of Oman. Please do not let your Kingdom be included among those countries in the region that repress freedom of expression.”In August 2008, Al-Zwaidi permitted the posting of an article criticizing Muhammad Ben Ali al-Wehebi, the head of the telecommunications company Omantel. He was held for 11 days in February and was charged with violating article 61 of the Omani communications law, which prohibits “using a system or a device or a means of communication to direct a message while knowing it is untrue or which causes harm to a person or service.” At a court hearing on 17 March, he was surprised to learn that he was also charged with leaking plans by the council of ministers for a television programme called “Hadha al-Sabah”. Read the letter Organisation Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report December 27, 2016 Find out more OmanMiddle East – North Africa News
Homepage BannerNews Previous articlePringle says new report on Post Office network is little more than an election gimmickNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feireater 19/01/16 admin Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Facebook Twitter 42% of urology patients waiting a year for Day Surgery at LUH Serious concern has been raised following the revelation that over 42% of Urology patients at Letterkenny University Hospital are waiting a year or more for a Day Surgery appointment.The figures, which have been provided by the National Treatment Purchase Fund, show that there are fifty people waiting twelve months or more.Earlier this month, the HSE revealed 328 patients have been waiting over a year for outpatient appointments.Donegal Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn says it’s a scandal………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/padraigurology.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By admin – January 21, 2016 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp
Scioscia said Upton was “sore” on Sunday, but he anticipated that Upton would be able to play within the next couple days.Upton missed one game when he was hit in the left hand by a pitch last week.ALSORelated Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Albert Pujols was not available to pinch-hit on Sunday because the Angels wanted to give him an entire day off, Scioscia said. …The Angels lost their first road series of the year. They are 17-7 on the road. …The Angels finished their season series against the Yankees, losing five of six. Each team won one lopsided game, and the Yankees won all four that were decided by one or two runs. …Kole Calhoun had back-to-back games in which he reached base multiple times for the first time since early April. Calhoun had two hits on Friday night and two walks on Saturday. He went hitless in three at-bats on Sunday.UP NEXTAngels (Tyler Skaggs, 3-3, 3.11) at Tigers (Matt Boyd, 2-4, 3.29), 10 a.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I didn’t get any hits, but I drew a lot of walks,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “A lot of good at-bats, a lot of good contact. I’m not worried about it.”When Ohtani faced Tanaka, he got something of a taste of what hitters see when he’s on the mound. Tanaka struck out Ohtani twice with splitters. Ohtani said he actually can gain something by hitting against Tanaka, learning ways he can use his pitches when he’s on the mound.“I don’t have the command that he does, so I consider myself and him completely different pitchers, but we do have a similar repertoire,” Ohtani said. “Every pitch he has is really great. So I have been looking at his pitches and maybe it’s been helping.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.As for when Ohtani will get to use his pitches next, Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani is scheduled for a bullpen session on Monday. If that goes well, Ohtani could start on Wednesday in Detroit. The Angels have listed Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano for the games on Monday and Tuesday, and Andrew Heaney on Thursday, with TBA for Wednesday.UPTON UPDATEJustin Upton was out of the lineup on Sunday, after he was hit in the left forearm by a pitch on Saturday night. NEW YORK — It took Shohei Ohtani nearly two months of his big league career to go three straight games without a hit.Unfortunately for him, and many of the fans of Japan who eagerly awaited this matchup, it came just as he was sharing the field with Masahiro Tanaka.Ohtani struck out twice and walked in his two meetings with Tanaka on Sunday. He also walked in the ninth inning against New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, a flame-throwing lefty.Overall, Ohtani went 0 for 9 in the series, albeit with four walks and a couple hard outs. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros
Vipers have drawn both of their last two league games (Photo by Vipers media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC vs Vipers SCBetway-Mutessa II Wankulukuku Stadium, WankulukukuWednesday, 07-10-2018 @04:00 pmWANKULUKUKU: Express FC will host Vipers SC at the Betway-Mutessa II Wankulukuku Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league.Ever since Kiryowa Kiwanuka took over as Chairperson of the six-time league winners, they look to be making progress on and off the pitch and look a shadow of the team that narrowly survived relegation last season.The Reg Eagles entered into a Shs 400 Million partnership with Betting Company, Betway on Tuesday, an indication that the club is doing well off the pitch with four partners already on board this season.In the league, they currently sit 5th on the log with 11 points after six games but all have been accumulated minus facing any of the other traditional top four sides (SC Villa, KCCA and Vipers) in Uganda.Express are 5th on the logHowever, their first real test will come in form of leaders Vipers SC who have drawn both of their last two league games (2-2 away to Kirinya and 1-1 at home to Vipers).The Venoms will be on the hunt for three points and hope to maintain their unbeaten start to the league on Tuesday afternoon.Team News:Express are expected to still be without the trio of Mbabali Nasri, Lavita Jonny and Kabuye Robben who all missed their 3-1 win against Paidah last time out. However, the rest of the team is available.For Vipers, Taddeo Lwanga returns from suspension and and is expected to slot straight back into the starting team. Livingstone Mulondo remains out through injury but Aggrey Madoi returns to the team after shaking off a hamstring strain. Davis Kasirye is out with nursing an injury while Tito Okello is available for selection having missed the last two encounters. Rahmat Ssenfuka is the other who misses out.What they are saying:Kefa Kisala, Express FC head coach:“it is not going to be an easy game coming up against Vipers.“They are the defending champions and arguably the best side in the coutry.“Whoever has prepared best for the game will win it but whatever happens, we will take it.Match Facts:This is the 17th meeting between Express and Vipers since 2010.The Red Eagles come into the game having won only two of those games and non in the last five fixtures. The last time Express defeated Vipers dates back to December 2015 in a 2-0 victory at Wankulukuku.Last season, Vipers did the doubel over Express including a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture.However, the Venoms have defeated Express only three times in their last nine visits to Wankulukuku (D5 L5).Express head into the game on a four match unbeaten run (W3 D1).Going back to last season, the Red Eagles have lost only one league game at home in their last 10. (W5 D4).For Vipers, they are currently on a 23 match unbeaten run in the league (W18 D5). The last time the Venoms lost a league game was on 28th-November-2017 when URA defeated them 2-1 at kitende.Away from home, Javier Martinez’s side have also been impressive lately, not losing any of their last 11 trips (W7 D4). KCCA was the last team to defeat the Venoms away from home thanks to a 3-1 defeat in Lugogo on 21st-November-2018.Comments Tags: Express FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc
The cream of vintage performance cars are in Donegal today (Fri) for the 24th annual Rally Donegal 2019. From Bentleys, Frazer-Nash, Reilly, Ford, Laguna, and of course Wolseley to name but a few, participants are pictured completing the first closed-circuit test early on Friday morning before their departure from their overnight halt at the Clanree Hotel.Today the cars are on the way to Bundoran as they take in the view of the Donegal scenery in their open-top racing cars. Brian McDaid was at the gathering capturing some stunning photos of the events best-looking cars in action.See below…Donegal bursting with class as vintage cars take centre stage – Pic Special was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
29 May 2014Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has urged the parents of children with disabilities to make use of government services available to assist them.The minister’s call comes after reports emerged on Thursday of a neglected eight-year-old girl with disabilities who was locked up in a shack in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The girl is said to have been locked up all day in the shack by her mother, with no ventilation and without water or food.“The reported neglect of the disabled child in the manner that has been described is concerning to us,” Dlamini said. “This incident once again brings under scrutiny the ability of South African parents to take care of their disabled children.”Help for overwhelmed parentsDlamini said the government has services to assist parents who feel they are incapable of caring correctly for their children. These include placing the children in alternative care in places of safety or foster care.The minister added that social education was imperative. “However, over and above this, it is evident that we need to do more to educate and support parents with disabled children.”Dlamini commended the community of Alexandra for alerting the authorities to the child’s plight. “This is the type of action required from all South Africans to protect our children. This is our shared responsibility that cannot be delegated.”Child Protection WeekThe Department of Social Development will launch Child Protection Week in Delft, Western Cape on 1 June.The week-long campaign, under the theme “working together to protect children”, is a call to all South Africans to play their part in protecting and ensuring the well-being of children.The department says it chose Delft for the launch because of the number of incidents of violence against children that have taken place in the area.Since 1994, South Africa has taken considerable strides in rolling out legislative and programmatic interventions to advance child protection. The Bill of Rights in the country’s Constitution states that every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.To advance these rights, the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005) sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children, and defines related parental responsibilities and rights.The Social Assistance Act, Child Justice Act and the Sexual Offences Act have given additional effect to the government’s constitutional responsibilities, reaffirming its commitment to ensuring safety, care and support for every child.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat is hosting its annual Tallest Stalk Contest at the Farm Science Review, September 20-22, 2016. All Ohio farmers are encouraged to participate.Stalks may be checked-in between 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. on Tuesday, September 20, or 9 A.M. and 1 P.M. on Wednesday, Sept. 21.“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Tallest Stalk Contest does more than just provide farmers an opportunity for friendly competition,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “It gives them an opportunity to showcase their hard work from this growing season.”Judging will occur on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. Winners will be announced via Facebook, Twitter and Ohio Corn & Wheat’s website. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five stalks, with first place receiving $300.Visit ohiocornandwheat.org for contest rules.
As humble as Viswanathan Anand is, the five-time chess world champion believes aggression has played a big part in his success.In the Capital for a felicitation function organised by NIIT for young chess players, Anand said the insecurity of losing made him aggressive. “Aggression is a very useful tool. I don’t show it openly but the prospect of losing to some players is so horrifying you might want an extra bit,” Anand said.”Against (Veselin) Topalov (in the 2010 World Championship) I was able to channel that feeling into a willingness to play long games. I was able to feel motivated.”Another thing that got me going was thinking how happy Gary (Kasparov) would be to see me losing and then I thought how nice it would be to not give him that pleasure.”The 42-year-old from Chennai won his fifth world title, beating Boris Gelfand of Israel in Moscow in May. “The hunger is still there to go for the next one,” says Anand. “I am often asked how I maintain my motivation even after five world titles. Frankly, I never took to chess because it was on some kind of a check-list. I will keep playing till I enjoy it. The desire is still there,” he said.Anand’s ELO rating has fallen to 2780 and he is now No. 5 in the world. But he is not concerned.”It might take me seven to eight tournaments to take my rating to something close to the 2850 mark. But then I have played bad intentionally,” he joked.advertisementThe world champion is aware that he may face another tough challenge for his sixth title. He pointed out Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Armenia’s Levon Aronian were players to watch out for.”Both of them and others will be fighting for the right to play me at the next world championship. They are the biggest talents that have emerged in recent times and maybe a few decades. It would be challenging to play either of them and I know most people won’t consider me the favourite,” Anand said.On the national front, Anand feels Parimarjan Negi is progressing well.”Parimarjan prepares well, has a very sharp opening and often has creative ideas. He is actually doing very well in the open circuit but now will get into big tournaments and try to win the world cup,” he said.
Lucknow: Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh won the gold but failed to touch the World Championships qualifying mark on the second day of 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Arpinder managed the season’s best jump of 16.83m, 12cm short of World Championship qualifying standard of 16.95m under hot and humid conditions at the PAC Stadium here. Karnataka’s U Karthik and Tamil Nadu’s Mohammed Salahuddin took the silver and bronze respectively with jumps of 16.0m and 16.79m. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 26-year-old Arpinder, who has a personal best of 17.17m (of 2014), will have another shot at World Championships qualification in the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on September 5. None of the Indians could come close to the qualifying marks of the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. Balakumar Nithin and Alex Antony won the men’s 200m and 400m gold respectively in the absence of top runners. Having won the sprint double in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune earlier this year, Nithin’s winning time of 20.91 seconds here was the third-best on the list among Indians over the 200m this year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOnly Arokia Rajiv and Muhammed Anas Yahiya both 400m specialists — have run faster in 200m than the bespectacled sprinter from Tamil Nadu. The 200m qualifying time for the World Championships is 20.40. Kerala runner Alex, who first gave glimpses of his potential with a 46.66 second run in the Indian Grand Prix V in Patiala earlier this month, improved his personal best with a 46.17 second effort. It’s creditable that he won a race that included runners of the caliber of Ayyasamy Dharun (400m hurdles national record holder) and Tamilarasan Santhosh. Dharun and Santhosh finished fifth and seventh while Haryana’s Harsh Baljeet Singh and Karnataka’s Sachin Roby took the silver and bronze respectively by finishing inside 47 seconds. Kunhu Mohammed, who has been part of the Indian 4x400m relay team, was unable to go past the semifinal run in the morning, clocking 47.69 to finish third in his heats. Iranian Mahdi Pirjahan won the men’s 400m hurdles in new meet record time of 49.33 seconds. The Athletics Federation of India had invited some foreign athletes for the meet. P U Chithra won the women’s 800m in her personal best time of 2:02.96 while Mohammed Afsal pocketed the gold in men’s 800m in the absence of Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson with the year’s best by an Indian, clocking 1:48.35. The Results (all finals): Men: 200m: 1. Balakumar Nithin (Tamil Nadu) 20.91 seconds; 2. Akshay Nain (Delhi) 21.39; 3. Abhinav Panwar (Delhi) 21.47. 400m: 1. Alex A Antony (Kerala) 46.17 seconds; 2. Harsh Baljeet Singh (Haryana) 46.64; 3. Sachin Roby (Karnataka) 46.96. 800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Kerala) 1:48.35; 2. Mujamil Ameer (Tamil Nadu) 1:49.03; 3. Ankit (Haryana) 1:49.95. 400m Hurdles: 1. Mahdi Pirjahan (Iran) 49.33 seconds; 2. Jagdeesh Chandra (Karnataka) 50.85; 3. Jithin Paul (Kerala) 50,92. Triple Jump: 1. Arpinder Singh (Punjab) 16.83m; 2. Karthik U (Karnataka) 16.80; 3. Salahuddin Mohammed (Tamil Nadu) 16.79. Shot put: 1. Inderjeet Singh (Haryana) 19.73m; 2. Jasdeep Dhillon (Punjab) 17.77; 3. Shakti Rathore (Rajasthan) 17.20.