According to reports Down Under, McCaw is set to captain New Zealand against Samoa in his first ever Test in Apia, next week. Ofisa Treviranus has been named already as the man to skipper the Samoans in that contest.Try telling either of these men that captaincy is overrated. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tunnel vision: Richie McCaw runs out for his 100th cap as captain According to very local legend, the Crusaders had a training session one day and during the warm-up McCaw got talking to a younger player. McCaw was telling the younger man that he should smarten up his social life, become a bit more sensible. Apparently the younger man laughed back, with something along the lines of “what, so I can be boring like you?”The story goes that McCaw stopped running alongside the younger player, turned, and headed for the stands. He sat there. Thinking of his next moce. Depending on who you ask, one of the other senior players seriously scalded the plucky youngster, while others suggest no one wanted say a thing, giving the gesture real impact. You imagine, true or false, that no one would have to say anything. The younger player was said to have shrunk back into himself, mortified.Putting in a shift: Ofisa Treviranus facing England in 2014Now, in the last few seasons it has become evident that, on the pitch, McCaw is not infallible. He has been penalised. He has been carded. He has had to shift shirt numbers so that others can get a game at No 7. However, for so many, with McCaw in his role as a captain, it is disgusting even to consider taking pops at him – particularly if he offers his time and guidance.Maybe there is not really a cult of the captain in rugby. Maybe it is only the leaders of the successful teams we remember. Certainly it is true that captains cannot lead the defence every time, and call all the lineouts and dictate back moves. But it is hard to believe that there is not a high level of respect rolled out for the battered pitch-bosses who barely squeek before and during a game, but who take on big decisions and a punishing calendar without any hint of fuss. There are those in rugby who believe the role of captain is a ceremonial post. There are those who believe the word demands a capital ‘C’. Some believe the loss of a good captain could derail the mightiest side. Others think most captains are easily replaced.Even last week England skipper Chris Robshaw answered a question on the role of captains by saying: “From the outside world you view it as management, captain, players, and it’s so much more than that. You have a number of leaders on the pitch who run the attack and defence, and who are just big characters in the squad who drive standards and lift the guys if something needs to be said. You have ten or 15 in the squad.”This sounds like even the on-field leader of one of the world’s top sides is happy to take a back-seat through many facets of decision-making with England. He goes on to explain that there are nuances of being a captain – listening to your team-mates is an underrated skill, he says – but also hints that you don’t need to be a great orator to lead well.It’s a point worth considering as we plummet towards the Rugby World Cup, tumbling ever nearer to that tangle of pointless rhetoric, hype and hashtags. Most of the time it can be the unsaid that is important.Calling the shots: Chris Robshaw during England’s World Cup preparationsMartin Johnson has often stated that captaincy was overrated, but then this is a man who his charges have described in hushed awe, telling tales of when he grabbed the scruffs of two opponents at the one time or when he simply looked back down the tunnel before the 2003 World Cup final and said nothing. It’s easy to say being captain is overrated when you’re doing it really well. Some captain have the charisma of a can of beans, but if we’re still talking about the other impressive captains 12 years later, it’s safe to assume they had something about them.Not many Kiwis would say the role of skipper is a waste of time. Not with Richie McCaw still clawing about a rugby field. This is a man who willed his foot not to fall off during an entire successful World Cup campaign; a man who could go down as the greatest All Black ever.Last year I was fortunate enough to tour New Zealand as England chugged through a three-Test series, and as I passed through Christchurch – and once I got over the arresting, lingering desolation of the city centre – I chatted to a few locals in the rugby community. There was a story that came up more than once. TAGS: Samoa
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The following article was published on March 27 in pagina12.com.ar. Translation by Michael Otto.Venezuelans leave the National Assembly building after the blackout yesterday. (PHOTO CREDIT: pagina12.com.ar)A power outage was recorded Monday afternoon, March 25, at 1:29 p.m. in sixteen states of Venezuela, including much of Caracas. The outage lasted about three hours. After electric service was restored, Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez reported that it was a new act of sabotage as part of the destabilization plan against Venezuela.“We have been hit by a new attack on the transmission and power center of the National Electric System that aimed to disable the engines of the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant located in Guri, in the state of Guayana,” he said. By 7 o’clock in the afternoon, the necessary generation levels had been obtained to restore the service.When the situation appeared to have been stabilized, a new attack was registered at 9:47 p.m. on March 25 in the Guri’s transmission yard, “affecting the three autotransformers that comprise it and the essential cable that transmits the power,” Rodríguez said. The capital and a large part of the country were once again in darkness. About 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the first lights were back on in Caracas. By early morning the Minister of Communication had already informed the country that there would be a 24-hour suspension of school and work activities in the country and that several transport contingency plans had been activated, particularly in Caracas, which had been disrupted by a breakdown in subway service.The stoppage took place 18 days after the previous one, which lasted for several days. On that occasion, President Nicolás Maduro reported that there had been sabotage involving four kinds of attack: cyberassault, electromagnetic, fire, and an inside job, affecting both generation and transmission centers. The Russian government supported his explanation when its Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that some of these attacks originated abroad. ‘Electric war’According to the government, this was the second major blackout caused by sabotage, which constitutes what Rodriguez has called “the Electric War.” In his Twitter account he showed images of the fire, the work to extinguish it and the exact place where it happened.This new episode comes after the denunciation made by Rodriguez, who announced last Saturday that part of the terrorist organization had been arrested and dismantled. He explained that leaders of the Popular Will party were in charge, with the participation of Juan Guaidó himself, along with foreign agents who raise money and support groups including mercenaries and paramilitary agents from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Part of their plan was to carry out actions such as attacks on the subway and sabotage.The power outages are part of the overall conspiracy that began in January with Guaidó’s naming himself interim president and those particularly after Feb. 23. At that time, the plans of rightwing and North American spokespeople who claimed they would get humanitarian aid into the country were frustrated. From then on, the difficulty they had maintaining expectations regarding Guaidó among his social base became visible. So too did their problem of advancing in a straight line toward foreign military intervention in Venezuela, as rightwing spokespeople had been predicting earlier.It was at that moment that the national power outages began, exposed as attacks under the umbrella of Washington’s openly and publicly sponsored agenda. The outages are seen as a means of exerting pressure in a scenario of chaos, exhaustion and economic distress, on the heels of the financial attacks that have intensified in recent days, particularly on various banks. According to Guaidó, this outage, like the previous one, was caused by lack of maintenance of the electrical infrastructure.The situation returned to normal in Caracas on Tuesday afternoon, March 26. The government has announced joint efforts by several institutions to stabilize the system throughout the country in the shortest time possible in order to avoid a chain of problems arising from the outage, such as a water shortage. During the previous power shutdown, the attacks followed one after the other and generated a vicious off-on-off cycle in numerous instances. This time, as before, the quiet response of the population focused on solving the problems caused by the lack of electricity. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more July 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli army deliberately targeting news professionals Recent events On 5 July, a team from the Palestine Today TV station came under Israeli army fire while broadcasting live from the scene of confrontations in Al-Tur neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Journalist Ahmed Al-Budeiri was wounded in the shoulder and stomach. His cameraman, Ahmed Jaber was hit in the eye. Technician Walid Matar, suffered a head wound. Meanwhile, Ahmed Al-Khatib, a correspondent for the Hamas station, Al-Aqsa TV was arrested in Tulkarem. A few days earlier, on 2 July, a large number of journalists covering demonstrations at Shuafat, following the murder of a young Palestinian were wounded by fire from Israeli security forces.Tali Mayer, a photographer for the Activestills site and Walla News! was seriously wounded by a sponge-tipped bullet to the face. Her colleague, Oren Ziv, was hit in the arm. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Palestine to go further News Operation “Brother’s Keeper” and its consequences for Palestinian media (Sources: Union of Palestinian Radio and Television; Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedom (MADA), an NGO specializing in defending the rights of Palestinian media.)On 22 June, Israeli security forces raided the offices of two printing companies in the city of Ramallah, Turbo Computers and Software Co. Ltd and Jeel Publishing Co. Ltd., which publish, respectively, the Palestinian cultural magazine This Week in Palestine and the monthly Filistin Ashabab. Seven computers were seized, dealing a serious blow to the printing of the two magazines. “During our 28-year history, we have had no affiliation with any political faction,” Turbo Computers CEO Sani Paul Meo said in a press release. “This Week in Palestine is a 15-year-old nonpolitical cultural publication.” He added, “We reserve the right to claim reparation for damages incurred and to consider legal action, both locally and internationally.”An Israeli military spokesman said that “propaganda and incitement materials linked to Hamas were being printed at this place.” At dawn on 22 June, the Israeli army searched the Bethlehem home of Sahib Al-Assa and his brother, Fadi. Both are correspondents for radio Bethlehem 2000. Sahib Al-Assa was taken to a military outpost at Beit Sahour and interrogated about his journalistic activities. He was released several hours later. His ID card and mobile phone, however, were confiscated.On the same day, Israeli troops descended on the offices of Palmedia in Ramallah. Digital files going back to the company’s founding in 2006 were confiscated, and professional equipment was destroyed. Offices rented by Russia Today were also affected. According to Russia Today, quoting an Israeli military spokesman, Palmedia was targeted “because it provides services to Al-Aqsa TV, which has propagandist and inflammatory content.” Palmedia management said that members of its staff, including photographer Amar Abideen, were subjected to a series of pressures in covering Operation “Brother’s Keeper” in Hebron. The company’s offices in East Jerusalem had been previously searched, in early June.On 18 June, the Israeli army searched the offices of the Transmedia company in Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron, confiscating all equipment – worth about $1 million dollars. The Israeli authorities then ordered the company shut down, on the grounds that Transmedia did TV production work for Al-Aqsa TV.On the 16 June, Israeli forces in Ramallah arrested Aziz Kayed, the chief executive of Al-Aqsa TV. According to the Union of Palestinian Radio and Television, Kayed was placed in “administrative detention” to last for six months.The same day, Yahia Habayeb, correspondent for Palestinian radio station Ajiyal, was violently arrested by Israeli troops in Hebron, in the southern West Bank. His mobile phones and recording equipment were deliberately destroyed. The journalist was freed five hours later.On 17 June, Abderrahman Younes, a photographer for the Al-Quds.com site was prevented from covering a traffic jam caused by the Israeli army at what is known as the “container checkpoint” in north Bethlehem. Israeli troops confiscated his camera and threatened him with imprisonment in case of a repeat offence. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en News Continuing confrontations in the Palestinian Territories and many cities in Israel are marked by Israeli authorities’ flouting of basic rights, including freedom of informationSince three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on 12 June, and their bodies discovered 18 days later, the situation has deteriorated to dangerous levels. Hate messages demanding vengeance are flooding the web. Then, the body of a young Palestinian who had been burned alive was found in East Jerusalem.Israeli security forces have been combing the West Bank, arresting more than 600 Palestinians on grounds of suspected of links to Hamas. Human rights violations are taking place daily and information freedom is being disregarded.Reporters Without Borders condemns these attacks on information freedom. Many journalists have been targeted by the Israeli army. Others have been arrested arbitrarily. And security forces have been conducting raids on media offices. RWB urges the Israeli military to allow news professionals, whether Palestinian or foreign, to carry out their work freely and safely.In a report, “Palestinian Journalists Caught Between Three Sides”, RWB highlighted the double vice gripping information freedom in the Territories. The strongest pressure comes from Israel and its army, which doesn’t hesitate to arrest, even to kill, news professionals. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more
Receive email alerts Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands November 27, 2020 Find out more News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Previously targetedLa Loupe’s premises, which it shares with L’Aube, another newspaper also owned by Alphonse Ongouo, was broken into on the night of 29 October and all of its computers and several important documents were stolen.It was not the first time that Ongouo’s newspapers have been the targets of mysterious attacks. In September 2014, the issue that La Loupe sent to the printer with front-page stories critical of the government was inexplicably substituted at the last minute and a bogus issue came off the presses.Promoted from presidential spokesman to communication minister at the start of last month, Alain Billie By Nzé has inherited a difficult portfolio. Its challenges include the viability of Africa N°1 TV station and Gabon Matin newspaper, which has not appeared since 23 October.He already seems to have antagonized the journalistic community, which has accused him of meddling in state TV programming and trying to “regulate media freedom”.Gabon is ranked 95th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News GabonAfrica January 24, 2020 Find out more GabonAfrica Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison Reporters Without Borders worries that Gabon’s new communication minister, Alain-Claude Bilie By Nzé, is acting arbitrarily and exceeding his powers when he announced last week that the daily La Loupe would be prosecuted and would be referred to the National Council for Communication (CNC). Reports November 12, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister abuses authority to go after privately-owned daily to go further Organisation Follow the news on Gabon RSF_en The minister was reacting to an article that La Loupe published on 3 November reporting the conclusions of an August 2015 government report on illegal immigration, and an editorial in the same issue voicing concern about governance problems in Gabon and suggesting use of arms as a possible remedy.Claiming that the newspaper’s content endangered national security, the minister announced in a communiqué the next day in the government newspaper L’Union that they would be referred to the CNC and that La Loupe would be prosecuted for “disturbing public order, inciting hatred, and calling for murder and civil disobedience.”“We do not endorse the content of the article and editorial, which were steeped in personal opinions and went beyond the limits of journalistic reporting,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“But we are concerned about the prerogatives being assumed by the new communication minister. They suggest that it is the newspaper itself and the dissident views it expresses, rather than a lack of journalistic rigor, that are being punished.”The new minister’s use of a series of shortcuts also raises doubts about the government’s good faith.The communiqué signed by the minister treated the article about clandestine immigration and the editorial about governance issues as a single article, and portrayed their vehement content as more violent than it actually was.Furthermore, it is not the government’s job to tell the CNC or the judicial system what cases they should take up. La Loupe’s publisher has not yet been notified by either the CNC or the courts of any proceedings. The minister’s communiqué seems above all designed to intimidate anyone closely or remotely associated with the newspaper. The day after the communiqué, the company that prints La Loupe and its distributor both announced that they were suspending their cooperation with the newspaper for “precautionary” reasons.Finally, the provisions cited by the minister in his communiqué as grounds for prosecution are contained in this year’s Ordinance 18/PR/2015, which replaced the 2001 Code of Communication and which is the outcome of a drafting process that the government began two years ago.Under Gabon’s constitution, legislating by means of an ordinance instead of a law voted by parliament is restricted to emergencies. So the government’s use of an ordinance raises serious doubts about its declared desire to act transparently. Help by sharing this information December 31, 2019 Find out more
Zaid Mohamed, a photographer who contributes to the activities of the Lens Young Halabi Facebook page, was arrested by the Aleppo “Hayah Al Shareia” on 10 July for calling publicly for the creation of a democratic and secular state in Syria. He was released the next afternoon. A court in the west Aleppo district of Azza ordered the arrest of media activist Abdullah Maraai on 1 July in response to a complaint by “Abu Baker,” the head of the Batbo brigade, about an article in the Attarb-based weekly Zi Qar entitled “Dove in battle and wildcat with the poor” that criticized the way he maintained order.Maan Mohamed, who works as press attaché for the Masakin Hanano local council in Aleppo was arrested by the Hanano section of the Aleppo “Hayah Al Shareia” in May because, during a demonstration, he had displayed the flag of the revolution with an inscription of the Doctrine of Oneness instead of a black flag.Shamil Al-Ahmed, who works at the Aleppo media centre, and media activist Milad Al-Shabahi were also briefly detained, interrogated, threatened and beaten, and their cameras were seized. August 28, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News providers targeted by both government and opposition forces Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News News Mohaimen Al-Halabi, a citizen-journalist who works with the Syrian Centre for Media, was arrested in Deir Hafer, near Aleppo on 4 August, when the Riyat Al-Nasr brigade was incorporated into the Ahrar Al-Sham coalition. He was arrested by Abu Jaber, Ahrar Al-Sham’s leader in Raqqah, for displaying a sign critical of Ahrar Al-Sham.Ali Abu Al-Majed, a reporter for Akhbar Al-An TV, was arrested by the Khadhifa Bin Al-Iman armed opposition group in the north-central city of Raqqah on 27 July, along with a civil engineering student. He said he was badly beaten for three hours before being released the next day. Read his testimony.Jabhat Al-Nosra arrested Ahmed Omarin, a reporter for the Welati.net news website, in Tel Abiyad for several hours on 19 July, reportedly hitting and insulting him before finally releasing him.Welati.net also reported that the Assayesh or security wing of the PYD (the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party) arrested Abdelrahim Takhoubi, an information activist with the Local Coordinating Committees, in Amuda, a town on the Turkish border west of Qamashli, on 8 July and held him for 12 days.His arrest was linked to the PYD’s use of force to disperse a peaceful demonstration in Amuda, resulting in several deaths, injuries and arrests. News and information activists Mosaab Al-Hamadi and Yalmaz Ibrahim Pasha were arrested by Jabhat Al-Nosra in Tel Abiyad (Raqqah province) while covering clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the regular army outside the 17th army division’s headquarters on 9 June.Jabhat Al-Nosra arrested Mustapha Al-Ahmady, a citizen-journalist and freelancer also known as Abou Jaafar Al-Halabi, in Jarabulus (a border town north of Manbij) on 11 June, reportedly torturing him in public before placing him in detention. He was released five days later (). Ahmady had done a lot of reporting, including live reports, for Arabic-language media on the situation in Jarabulus ever since the start of the unrest in Syria in March 2011.Members of ISIS attacked the headquarters of the Free Syrian News agency in Raqqah on 8 May, arresting 10 members of its staff and three visitors. The visitors were released 10 days later, but the others were held for 25 days and were mistreated and tortured, they said. They included Jassem Awad (the head of the agency), Jameel Salou (the editor in chief and founder), Mo’taz Al-Issa (the Raqqah editor), Mohamed Sobhi (the head of public relations) and Yalmaz Ibrahim Pasha (the Ras El-Ein correspondent). Opposition forces get tougher Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried by the growing number of Syrian and foreign journalists who are being arrested or abducted by armed opposition groups, especially ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nosra. It has become increasingly clear in recent months that most of these abuses are attributable to ISIS, which aims to impose order on the territory it controls. Hadi Baghbani, an Iranian documentary filmmaker who worked for the Iranian national radio and TV broadcaster and for media that support the Revolutionary Guards (such http://www.tasnimnews.com/), was killed near Damascus on 20 August while “embedded” with the Syrian regular army.Ismail Heydari, and Iranian who was killed the next day, was described as a “documentary filmmaker” by the Iranian government news agency ISNA but was in fact a Revolutionary Guards commander.Mohamed Nour Matar, an activist who is the brother of the journalist Amer Matar, disappeared in the northern city Raqqah on 13 August after going there to cover fighting between ISIS and the “Ahfad Al-Rasoul” (Descendants of the Prophet) Battalion for control of the city. There has been no word from him since then and no sign of his body has been found in any of Raqqah’s hospitals. A first-aid worker found Matar’s charred camera at the site of an ISIS suicide bombing against “Ahfad Al-Rasoul” on 13 August.Matar was previously arrested on 9 July while on his way with his camera to a sit-in being staged outside the headquarters of the Raqqah provincial government to demand the release of persons held arbitrarily by ISIS. He was freed two days later.There has been no news of Sami Jamal, a freelance reporter for Radio Rozana, was abducted by ISIS at Al-Atarib (east of Aleppo) on 14 August.And there is still no news of Aboud Haddad, a Syrian armed forces defector who became a photographer in 2011 and who was abducted by ISIS in Idlib province on 26 June of this year as he was about to return to Turkey. It is not known why ISIS is holding him.Zakaria Haj Jamo, a reporter for the Yekiti Media website, was abducted a few kilometres from the town of Tel Abiyad, in Raqqah province, on 21 July while covering fighting between Kurdish militants and Jabhat Al-Nosra for control of the area.A Yekiti Media journalist told Radio Rozana that Jamo was abducted by Jabhat Al-Nosra, which kidnapped other civilians that day. There has been no news of Jamo since then. March 12, 2021 Find out more More trials The trial of Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and two of his employees, Hussein Gharir and Hani Zaitani, resumed on August 21st. Arrested on 6 February 2012 because of their peaceful commitment to freedom of expression, they are facing up on 15 years of imprisonment with forced labour on a charge of “publicising terrorist actions” under article 8 of an anti-terrorism law that President Assad signed in 2012. Two people who were arrested with them and who were released on 6 February, Mansour Omari and Abdel Rahman Hamada, are also being tried. On 19 May, the judge postponed the next hearing until 26 June, and then postponed it until 21st August, when he postponed it yet again until 2 October. When the hearing is finally held, he is supposed to decide whether to maintain or dismiss the charges brought against them by Syrian air force intelligence.The charges clearly constitute a violation of freedom of information. The indictment says Darwish has been charged as head of the SCM and that Gharir and Zaitani have been charged because of their activities within the centre.The offending activities named in the indictment include monitoring information posted online by the Syrian opposition, publishing reports on human rights and the situation of the media in Syria, and documenting the number and names of those detained, missing, wanted, or killed since the start of the conflict.According to the indictment, the investigating judge regarded these activities as constituting an attempt to “destabilize the internal situation, one that led international organizations to condemn Syria.” Darwish was awarded the Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in 2012.Bilal Ahmed Bilal, a journalist held since 13 September 2011 who used to run Falesteen Al-Youm TV (Palestine Today TV), was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a military court on 12 June because of his coverage of events in the west Damascus district of Mo’damieh Sham in 2011. Receive email alerts News providers killed Several citizen-journalists and other information activists have been killed by the regular army in the past three months while gathering information. Recent victims include Shahir Muaddamani, the head of the Local Council’s media bureau in Daraya (on the outskirts of Damascus), who was fatally injured by an exploding shell as he was going to cover fighting on the Al-Alali front, on the Sahnaiya road, on 16 August.Orient TV correspondent Pesheng Alo was injured by a shot fired by a sniper while covering events in the Aleppo district of Ashrafieh on 28 July. Orient TV ’s correspondent in the Damascus suburbs, Hadi Al-Menjed, was covering Free Syrian Army operations in Ghazlanieh the next day when he was injured in the hand and leg in a regular army raid.Ammar Dendech, an Orient TV correspondent based in Jisr Al-Shughour, in the northwestern province of Idlib, was injured on 23 July by shrapnel from a drum filled with explosives that the regular army threw from a helicopter. News Continuing arrests There is still no news of Abdurahman Rya, a video technician who was arrested by security officials at his office on Baghdad Street in Damascus on 7 June. Aged 47 and the father of four children, he is one of Orient TV’s founders. It is not known what he is charged with.The cartoonist and artist Youssef Abdelke was arrested with two friends at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the western city of Tartus on 18 July, and was released on the orders of a judge on 22 August. He was one of the signatories in 2011 of “Principles of the Revolution,” which called for the departure of President Bashar Al-Assad and some of his ministers, and the creation of a transitional government under UN aegis.Radwan Murtada, a Lebanese journalist working for the daily Al-Akhbar, was arrested by four policemen at his Damascus hotel on the night of 20 July. He told Reporters Without Borders he was taken to a security centre in Kafr Sousseh and was interrogated five times there on 21 July before being released the next day.Shaza Al-Maddad, a journalist with Al-Khabar and Baladna who was arrested on 2 November 2012, was finally released on bail on 10 July but she is still awaiting trial by a terrorism court.Journalist and blogger Kamal Sheikhou was arrested by security officials in Damascus on 7 July and was held until 23 July. According to the Syrian Centre for Media (SCM), he was previously arrested as he tried to cross the border into Lebanon on 26 June 2010, when he was charged with “publishing mendacious reports liable to undermine national morale.”Fouad Hamira, a screenplay writer who was arrested on 28 June while trying to renew his passport at the Immigration and Passports Office in the western city of Latakia, was released on 9 July. Four days after his arrest, he was transferred to Damascus for further interrogation, above all about his position as head of the Movement for a Pluralist Society’s political bureau.Samir Radouane, a member of the Union of Arab Writers and scriptwriter of Walida Min Khassira, a TV series broadcast by Lebanon’s LBC, was arrested at the border on 16 June as he was returning from filming its third season in Lebanon. He was released on 27 June.The official reason for his arrest is still unclear, but some are linking it to the fact that Walida Min Khassira’s third season, entitled “Minbar Al-Mouta”, contains veiled criticism of the politics and morals of Syrian society. Radouane used to be a presenter on Syrian national television and Al-Dounia TV.Waed Al-Mhanna, a journalist with the newspaper Al-Thawra, was held by the police from 26 May to 6 June, apparently in connection with articles about alleged corruption in archaeological circles. News Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Government continues its crackdown Follow the news on Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Arrests by Islamic courts Also disturbing is the frequency of arrests by the “Hayah Al Shareia” that the various armed opposition groups have created to administer justice in the areas they control. Each armed group sets up a police force, courts and prisons in the territory it controls.After taking eastern Aleppo, the various rebel brigades or liwa (battalions) created the Aleppo United Court in September 2012 as part of an attempt to create a new civilian administration and to punish mistreatment of the civilian population by Free Syrian Army members.This court was meant to extend its authority over the rest of Aleppo province and to coordinate the creation of local courts in each town but a lack of resources opened the way for other initiatives, above all the creation of the “Hayah Al Shareia” by Al-Tawheed, Ahrar Al-Sham, Suqqur Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nosra in November 2012.The two court systems began competing with each other while the Aleppo city government and the “Hayah Al Shareia” began competing for control of the city. Negotiations are currently under way to merge the two Aleppo courts but the United Court has been losing influence because of a lack of funding while the “Hayah Al Shareia” is refusing to cooperate with Aleppo’s civilian institutions.The Aleppo “Hayah Al Shareia” tries to coordinate the activities of its counterparts in other liberated areas with the aim of standardizing practices and rulings, but some are resisting. At the same time, it has lost influence since Jabhat Al-Nosra’s withdrawal in March, while ISIS seems to be trying to control the “Hayah Al Shareia” in the liberated areas it controls.The various courts – the United Court, the “Hayah Al-Shareia” that cooperate with centralization initiatives, and the autonomous “Hayah Al-Shareia” – apply different laws, depending on the judge and the political tendency of the group controlling the territory. The courts base their decisions directly on religious texts or on the Unified Arab Penal Code, which the Arab League issued in Cairo in 1996. The absence of a single body of law and the lack of coordination between these committees results in arbitrary decisions on detainee rights and sentencing. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Amid growing signs of imminent western military intervention in Syria, Reporters Without Borders has compiled figures that show that around 100 news providers have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011. They include 25 professional journalists (six of them foreign) and around 70 citizen-journalists (all Syrian). At the same time, a total of 14 foreign journalists and more than 60 Syrian journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained or missing after being arrested or abducted.Reporters Without Borders reminds all parties to the conflict that, like all civilians, media professionals are protected by international conventions and must not be targeted or detained while covering a war that has already cost more than 100,000 lives.As the government continues its relentless persecution of news providers that it regards as unwanted witnesses, Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for journalists, citizen-journalists and other information activists.News providers are being assailed on all sides, not only by the regular army but also by the opposition, which is increasingly responsible for abuses against both Syrian and foreign journalists.Arrest and abduction of journalists by armed opposition groups, especially jihadist groups such as Jabhat Al-Nosra and Dawla Islamiya, also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is an increasingly significant component of the spiralling violence.Most of the abuses against news providers that Reporters Without Borders has registered in recent months have been the work of ISIS, which aims to impose its law in the territories it controls. Many journalists have been arrested by “Hayah Al Shareia” or “Legal Committees” established to administer justice. February 3, 2021 Find out more
WhatsApp Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers The campaign group Alternative to Pylons is claiming that the government is planning to make Donegal a net exporter of electricity.The group believes that a 110 kilovolt line planned for the county is intended to take power out ather than stimulate investment by bringing it in.This week the Council was told that wind could be Donegal’s gold if administered properly, with Sinn Fein’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn saying that community ownership of wind facilities would be a positive thing.Councillor Charlie McConolougue made similar calls.However, ATP spokesperson Patricia Sharkey is suspicious of the government’s motives:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/11pshrk.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Anti pylon group questions motives for 110 kilovolt line HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Previous articlePSNI officers disciplined for failing to find dead man’s bodyNext articleDeveloper pleads guilty in case relating to fatal fall News Highland Google+ Google+ Facebook By News Highland – February 11, 2010 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Facebook
Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Facebook A Donegal County Councillor has expressed his disappointment over a decision to reject planning permission for a new cinema complex in Donegal Town.A planning application, including a cinema that would be able to sit over 700 people, a petrol station, shop and restaurant was lodged earlier this year with Donegal County Council.However it was rejected over grounds that it would increase traffic in and around the town.Local Cllr Micheal Naughton hopes that a solution can be found in a bid to overturn the decision:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/naughtonfgffcinema.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Homepage BannerNews Disappointment as plans for new cinema in Donegal Town rejected Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleRory Kavanagh named as Donegal U16 Buncrana Cup Head-CoachNext articleToland, McLaughlin and Barrett named in Irish squad for World Cup qualifier News Highland By News Highland – November 17, 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was found guilty of second degree murder and aggravated battery in connection to the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald four years ago.Jason Van Dyke was on trial for the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting death of McDonald.He was found not guilty of official misconduct.McDonald, who was 17 years old at the time, was shot 16 times by the officer.Video that was released during the course of the investigation showed that McDonald was armed with a knife but did not appear to be moving towards the officers.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.