Alarm sounded after daily is closed and two of its journalists get two years in prison

first_imgNews Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Follow the news on Yemen January 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm sounded after daily is closed and two of its journalists get two years in prison RSF_en News January 6, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote to Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh today voicing great concern about a growing crackdown on the news media in which the independent daily Al Hurriya (“Freedom” in Arabic) was closed for a year by a Sanaa court on 29 December while its editor, Abdulkareem Sabra, and one of its journalists, Abdulqawi Al Qubati, were sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour.The press freedom organisation said it found these measures all the more incomprehensible as President Saleh has on several occasions voiced his support for press freedom and his desire to abolish prison sentences for press offences. “Never has a journalist received such a heavy prison sentence since Yemen was reunified,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling on the Yemeni authorities to reverse these measures and to respect the undertakings they have given as regards the independence of the news media.Sabra and Al Qubati were convicted because of an article criticising the president that appeared on 6 October. The newspaper was already withdrawn from sale in October and its licence was suspended. Aged 60, Sabra is currently hospitalised with diabetes. His home has been put under police surveillance. Al Qubati is a fugitive from justice. Their lawyers have appealed.Their conviction has aroused great concern among Yemeni journalists, who say they have lost confidence in the country’s judicial system and no longer believe in the president’s promises.In response to the court’s one-year closure order, police went to the premises of Al Hurriye on 3 January, evicted all the staff and sealed the entrance. Some 20 journalists and contributors have been put out of work.The most serious other case in recent months has been that of journalist Abdulkarim Al Khaiwani, who was sentenced by a Sanaa court to a year in prison on 5 September in response to a complaint by the Yemeni information ministry accusing his newspaper Al Shoura (“The Advice”) of supporting an anti-government rebellion by Shiite leader Badr Eddin al Hawthi and libelling President Saleh. Al Khaiwani has been held in the main Sanaa prison for the past four months while his newspaper has been put under a six-month closure order. Receive email alertscenter_img News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Dawson commits to Syracuse, becomes ninth recruit in Orange’s Class of 2014

first_img Published on July 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Lamar Dawson verbally committed to Syracuse Saturday night.The three-star cornerback announced his decision via Twitter.I’m committing to Syracuse university— ☞LAMBO DAW☞ (@LamarDawson) July 27, 2013Dawson also received offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, among others.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textListed at 6 feet, 190 pounds, the St. Rita High School (Chicago) corner is SU’s seventh defensive commit for the Class of 2014 and ninth overall.He is the second defensive back commit in the class, and the highest-rated, above two-star safety Rodney Williams. Commentslast_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Why you need to get over Wisconsin’s heartbreaking defeat

first_imgIt goes without saying that Badger fans were heartbroken following the team’s heartbreaking 61-56 loss Friday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.They were sad — very, very sad.But I am here to tell you, as hard as it may be, to stop being sad because, believe it or not, others in the college basketball world are going through a much tougher time than you are. Badger fans continue to weep after a season of overachieving went wrong in 20 seconds, while other programs severely underachieved.Here are three things to consider as you stop crying over Wisconsin’s crushing defeat:Brazzoni: Missed opportunities paved way for Wisconsin’s heartbreaking collapseFollowing the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s epic collapse against Notre Dame Friday March 25 in the NCAA Sweet Read…1. Look at KansasKansas was easily the most consistent and well-rounded team all season in college hoops. They were a senior-led team that shot as well from the outside as they did on the inside. The Jayhawks were also the clear favorite to win the national championship.There was plenty of optimism in a championship or bust year for Kansas, as fans were confident their team would return to the top for the first time since 2008.Head coach Bill Self and his Jayhawks, however, choked in the Elite Eight. It was one of the more impressive seasons in Kansas’ recent history and they didn’t even have a Final Four to show from it. Talk about actual disappointment.The state of Kansas right now… pic.twitter.com/jWSvvGvUzi— Fake SportsCenter (@FakeSportsCentr) March 27, 2016But not all is lost for Kansas, as while they lose their best player in forward Perry Ellis to graduation, every other important piece to their roster will likely return for another year in the program.2. Look at VirginiaThe stage was set for the Cavaliers.Michigan State, who has been the program’s kryptonite for the past two NCAA tournaments, unexpectedly lost in the first round to No. 15 Middle Tennessee. The next best team, Utah, was blown out by Gonzaga in the next round. After blowing past Iowa State in the Sweet 16, the only thing keep head coach Tony Bennett from the Final Four he has craved for years was a Syracuse team that many thought should have never been in the tournament.Naturally, in true Virginia fashion, the Cavaliers blew a 16-point lead against the Orange in the second half of their regional semifinal.Now, after losing its two top scorers, including one of the country’s best players in guard Malcolm Brogdon, Bennett and Virginia will have to work to replace nearly half of its scoring output.Another year, another missed Final Four for Bennett — despite once again having one of the most talented teams in the country — and another year of depressed Virginia fans.https://twitter.com/_MarcusD_/status/714248415190777856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw3. Look at WisconsinIt’s been the narrative following this team all tournament: This team is overachieving after pulling off one of the most improbable turnarounds in the history of the sport.They lost to Xavier, a team that they were probably better than, but it also took a pair of miracle outside shots from junior guard Bronson Koenig for them to be in that situation.Men’s basketball: Badgers feel the sting of March, fall in Sweet SixteenIn a span of just 19 seconds, a third straight trip to the Elite Eight slipped out of Wisconsin’s grasp Read…The fact is they lost, and while underachieving teams like Kansas and Virginia will lose key pieces to their failed championship runs, the Badgers will not only likely return every player in their rotation next season, but they also add one piece many fans are forgetting about.Freshman forward Andy Van Vliet out of Belgium will be eligible to play next season, adding yet another offensive threat from both the inside and outside. Van Vliet is skilled far beyond his years, and after adding a bit of muscle to his 6-foot-11 frame this offseason, he will be more than ready for his sophomore season.Wipe your tears away and rest easy, Badger fans. The future is bright, and that’s not a luxury many other programs have at the moment.last_img read more

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World Autism Day celebrations kick off in Letterkenny

first_imgToday is World Autism Awareness Day – a day when local buildings are lit up in blue and autism-friendly events are held around Donegal.April 2nd is also a day to encourage full inclusion and to campaign for better support for people with autism.The Autism Family Support Group in Letterkenny will mark the occasion with a Tea and Scones Morning for all ages at the centre on Convent Road. All are welcome to the free event from 10.30am to 2pm. Meanwhile, the Sinn Féin party is moving forward a Private Member’s Motion to establish an All-Party Oireachtas Committee on Autism.This is the first of its kind in Ireland and calls for the development and implementation of an interdepartmental Autism Empowerment Strategy.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty and local representatives have publically backed the bill, which calls for the establishment of a multi-disciplinary Task Force including individuals with autism and families to oversee the rollout of an strategy and monitor legislative oversight.For more information on local supports visit the Autism Family Support Group Letterkenny on Facebook. World Autism Day celebrations kick off in Letterkenny was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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NFL Week 2 picks: 49ers, Raiders on the rebound

first_imgIt’s Week 2 in the NFL’s annual Lombardi Trophy Hunt. Everyone likes a comeback story, so let’s get over a lousy Week 1 debut and pick us some winners:49ers 23, Lions 10: It’s been 20 years since the 49ers went unbeaten at home all season. Could this be the start of that again? Jimmy Garoppolo, still undefeated (at Levi’s Stadium). Line: 49ers -6Raiders 31, Broncos 27: Jon Gruden was 0-4 at Denver in his last Raiders stint. So he came back to make amends. Imagine Al Davis’ pep talks after all …last_img read more

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Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade named cover athletes for NBA 2K20

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Miami trading Hassan Whiteside to Portland PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Davis was just recently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he will join forces with LeBron James while Wade had just retired the past NBA season.“I’m honored to be back representing NBA 2K,” said Davis in a press release. “Being picked as the face of NBA 2K20  means the world to me, and I’m excited for the fans to experience the best sports simulation in the world this fall.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ve been blessed to spend 16 years of my life playing the game I love at the highest-level, and to culminate my career by joining NBA greats as an NBA 2K Legend Edition cover star makes me incredibly proud. My family and I love NBA 2K, and I’m truly grateful to all of the fans who have watched me, and played as me, throughout the years.”The 26-year-old Davis, a three-time All-NBA First Team member and six-time All-Star, will be the cover for the Standard and Deluxe Editions while Wade, a three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, will be the star athlete in the Legend Edition. Anthony Davis, left, and Dwyane Wade grace the covers of NBA 2K20.MANILA, Philippines—Anthony Davis and Dwyane Wade will be the cover athletes of NBA 2K20, the latest iteration of top-selling basketball video game simulation series.The timing couldn’t be more fitting for both Davis and Wade.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All editions of NBA 2K20 will be available worldwide on September 6, 2019. The suggested retail price for the standard edition is P3190 while the legend edition is priced at P5390.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

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Williams enjoys State Cup return

first_imgFormer NRL player, Joe Williams made a welcome return to the New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie on the weekend and even has some new silverware to show for it. Williams was part of the Wollongong Devils team that took out the Senior Mixed title 9-2 over the Balmain Tigers in the final on Sunday. We caught up with Williams to talk about all things Touch Football and Rugby League as well as the great work he is doing in the community.  How have you found the return to State Cup?It’s been good, I haven’t played State Cup for about 10 years. Backing up game after game has been a little bit hard on the body. I haven’t played competitive Touch for a very long time but as a boxer your lung capacity and cardio fitness is through the roof. It’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it.You played Country Championships earlier this year too, how was that experience?It was the first time I’d ever played Country Champs, it was good. The bonus of it, my fiance is a Dubbo girl so we got home to see family. It was good to get back into that fold of playing competitive Touch again. Being out of it for a long time was only due to playing footy and not being allowed to play or not having the time to play. I’ve always loved Touch and always said I’d come back to Touch so it’s a natural progression. People don’t realise how good it is for your skill as a League player, if you play Touch growing up it’s going to be of benefit moving into your League career and then as old bloke on the downhill run you come back to it.How good is it to see players like Scott Prince and yourself return to Touch Football?I caught up with Princey (at State Cup), it’s good to catch up with him because I haven’t seen him for a number of years. He has been a great ambassador for Touch Football Australia over the last couple of years, getting back into it and playing at a high level. When I saw him doing that I thought it might be time for me to get back into it as well, it’s been good. What was your inspiration around making a comeback now?My last fight was in May and I thought I may as well keep fit, it’s a different way of having fitness. For me I have to always do something competitive so if I’m not getting ready or preparing for a fight I don’t have much. That’s a real coping strategy for me with my mental health, I’ve been fairly vocal about my mental health history and problems over the years so it’s a real coping strategy for me to prepare for something and Touch has been great for it because it keeps me fit and healthy. Do you play regularly in Wagga too?I play in the Wagga comp, which is always good. It’s a bit frustrating not keeping up with the younger blokes any more. It’s always good, I love getting out there and giving a bit of banter and the competitiveness of playing high level Touch. It’s been fantastic, I’ve had a really good weekend. How good is the NRL-TFA partnership from your perspective?It’s a natural progression for kids to sharpen their skills as Rugby League players and guys like myself and Princey get to come back and give back to the game a little bit as well. As well as keeping fit, it’s a great initiative to have that partnership for the kids coming through and the old blokes like us. How nice is it to come back and catch up with some familiar faces at State Cup?That’s the best thing about Touch Footy, you’ve got that competitive nature but State Cup is on a different level to NTL, you still have the people that aren’t as competitive in these tournaments. It’s a great factor to be able to come away and catch up with mates, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve had friends from when I made my first rep Touch Footy side as a 14 or 15-year-old that I’m still mates with, it’s huge to be able to come back some 15 to 20 years later and catch up with these people. You play Touch and it sounds a bit cliche but you build friendships for life. Can you tell us a bit about your younger years playing Touch Football?I played 18’s and 20’s for Southern Suns and played NTL and Aussie 18’s at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand which was cool, again making friendships and relationships with people from other countries that still keep in contact 20 years later. Can you tell us a bit about your work now? My role at Mater Dei Catholic College in Wagga, I work as the Aboriginal Education Worker. My major role is to support all of the Aboriginal kids in their studies, making sure they are up to task with all of their subjects and assessments and so forth. It’s more of a mentoring role as well. I’m there next year two days a week and I’m on the road, I’ve got a mental health charity I’ve set up, called The Enemy Within. I’m going out and educating people on mental health and how to break down their mental health and live on a day-to-day basis by just managing their mental health. I always say, you don’t have to beat it, you just have to manage it well, that can make a huge impact and difference on anyone’s life. Related LinksWilliams Returnslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Gracia insists Watford ready for West Ham battle

first_img​Gracia insists Watford ready for West Ham battleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJavi Gracia believes that his Watford side is ready to do battle against West Ham United.The two teams face off against each other this weekend.Watford are 10th in the table, with West Ham one position above them due to a superior goal difference.Both have designs on finishing in the top half of the table.The Hornets boss said in his press conference: “They have won four games in a row and they are playing well, but I think we are ready to compete against them, just like we are ready to compete against all the teams.”We know they are full of confidence and they are in a good moment, but we don’t feel different. We usually keep the same attitude in all our games and play as we know we can.”It’s no different to us playing against Everton in the last away game, we are ready to compete.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mississippi State Decided 1st Team QB Reps Via Rock, Paper, Scissors Game

first_imgMississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald speaking to media.YouTube/Ben WaitWith the graduation of star quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State is one of many SEC programs with a battle at the position on its hands. Four players—Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Nick Tiano, and Damian Williams—are vying for the starting job, and no player has set himself apart.Mississippi State’s QBs are so close, in fact, that they had to play ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to determine which would take first team reps. Today’s winner: Fitzgerald. He spoke about the unique process after today’s practice.Video via Ben Wait of The Dispatch:Fitzgerald joked that the rock, paper, scissors win gave him a nice confidence boost heading into camp.“I won rock-paper-scissors, so if anything, my confidence in that game is pretty high right now.”Rock, paper, scissors skills aside, replacing Prescott will be no easy task for Fitzgerald, or whichever Bulldog quarterback wins the job. He may be the top quarterback in program history. In 2015, he put together a fantastic 3,793 passing yard, 29 touchdown, five interception season. On top of that, Prescott ran for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. That built on an impressive junior year, when Prescott piled up 4,435 total yards and 38 combined touchdowns.Williams is the lone Mississippi State quarterback with a start under his belt. During his career, Williams is 37-for-70 for 434 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. In 2015, head coach Dan Mullen redshirted him.Last season, Fitzgerald served as Prescott’s primary back-up. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.Elijah Staley threw five passes last season, completing three for 51 yards and a score.Redshirt freshman Nick Tiano is the only of the four players without any game experience, making him the wild card of the battle.Williams and Fitzgerald seem like the favorites in this one, but it will take more than rock, paper, scissors skills to compete with the likes of Alabama and rival Ole Miss in the SEC West.[Saturday Down South]last_img read more

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New Delhi Infighting in the Haryana Congress reac

first_imgNew Delhi: Infighting in the Haryana Congress reached the doorstep of party president Sonia Gandhi with former PCC chief Ashok Tanwar and his supporters protesting on Wednesday outside her 10 Janpath residence here alleging corruption in distribution of tickets for the upcoming assembly polls. As his supporters raised slogans against management committee chief Bhupender Hooda, Tanwar alleged that tickets were being distributed on whims and fancies and were being “sold”, ignoring those who had worked for years. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadPeople are saying that the ticket for the Sohna Assembly seat has been sold for Rs 5 crore, he said. “Some people said in Rohtak that the party had lost its way. When something is given to them, then the party is on the right path,” Tanwar said in reference to Hooda’s remarks at the August 18 ‘Maha Parivartan Rally’ in Rohtak where he had said that the Congress had “lost direction”. “For five years and eight months we have shed blood and sweat,” he said. In a bid to end factionalism in the party ahead of assembly polls in Haryana, the Congress last month named Kumari Selja chief of its state unit, replacing Tanwar, and appointed Hooda as chairperson of the election management committee. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiHooda had openly come out against Tanwar, who is known to be close to Rahul Gandhi and had been state unit chief since 2014. Tanwar’s remarks came ahead of the release of the list of nominees by the party for the Assembly polls. Hooda’s supporters have claimed the situation in the Congress worsened due to Tanwar and he is blaming the former CM as he is upset at being removed from his post. Congress president Sonia had appointed Hooda the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, and by virtue of that leader of opposition in the state assembly.last_img read more

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