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Authorities use arrests, expulsion to prevent information circulating

first_imgIn a statement two days later, the interior ministry claimed that no foreign journalist had ever been denied a visa and that Kristof was refused entry solely because he failed to adhere to visa application procedures.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the recent arrests of DPA photographer Mazen Mahdi and photographers working for the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. Mahdi was held for two hours after being arrested during a demonstration in Saar in 28 December. He was previously detained briefly while covering demonstrations on 16 and 17 December. December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities use arrests, expulsion to prevent information circulating Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further News Related documents cp_bahrein_28122012_ar-2.pdfPDF – 320.37 KB Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the Manama prosecutor-general’s 25 December decision to hold human rights defender Sayed Yousef Al-Muhafda for another two weeks on a charge of posting false information on Twitter.Arrested on 17 December, Muhafda is currently being held in an isolation cell in a police station in the northeastern suburb of Hoora. One of the accusations against him is waiting until 17 December to post a photo taken on 15 December of an injured young demonstrator.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Muhafda and the withdrawal of all the charges against him. He is in charge of documentation at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and is the centre’s vice-president.“Muhafda is yet again paying for his commitment to the circulation of information about human rights violations in Bahrain,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The authorities must stop their repeated violations of freedom of information and allow news providers to operate freely.”At the time of his arrest, Muhafda was tweeting live from a demonstration in Manama to mark the anniversary of the deaths of two demonstrators killed during a 1994 uprising, He was accused of circulating false information on Twitter when he was brought before the prosecutor-general the next day.He was previously arrested on 2 November, while covering the use of violence to disperse a demonstration, and was released 12 days later.The information provided by Bahrain’s human rights activists is all the more important as the authorities limit visits by foreign journalists and often obstruct the reporting of those who are allowed in. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that he was denied entry on arrival at Manama airport on 17 December because he was on a persona non grata list. News Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutorscenter_img Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Organisation News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain News October 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government bans Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”

first_img February 23, 2015 Find out more August 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government bans Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Kuwaiti Information ministry’s decision on 1 August to ban screening of Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” and urged the authorities to lift the interdiction. “The Kuwaiti authorities are free to disagree with Michael Moore’s political preferences but it is regrettable that they are using the weapon of censorship to deprive the Kuwaiti public of the Information and views contained in his film,” the organisation said. Receive email alerts Popular blogger charged with blasphemy Organisation News KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kuwait to go further News Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term News January 21, 2016 Find out more News New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Kuwaiti Information ministry’s decision on 1 August to ban screening of Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and urged the authorities to lift the interdiction.”The Kuwaiti authorities are free to disagree with Michael Moore’s political preferences but it is regrettable that they are using the weapon of censorship to deprive the Kuwaiti public of the Information and views contained in his film,” the organisation said. “This ban is all the more damaging to Kuwait’s image as, so far, it is the only country in the region to take such a decision.”The Information ministry’s cinema and production supervisor, Abdel-Aziz Bou Dastour, said the film insulted the Saudi royal family. “We have a law that prohibits insulting friendly nations and ties between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are special,” he said. He also said Moore’s film “criticised America’s policy on invading Iraq and this was tantamount to criticising Kuwait for (what it did) to liberate Iraq … (and) would have angered Kuwaitis.”A request for licensing “Fahrenheit 9/11” in Kuwait was filed with the Information ministry last month by the state-owned Kuwait National Cinema Company, which owns all of the country’s cinemas.The film has already been showing for several weeks in the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, where it has been a success. It opened simultaneously on 3 August in Qatar, Bahrain and Oman and is due to open soon in Egypt. Pirate copies have also been circulating clandestinely in several of the region’s countries. KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

One to Watch Award presented to UL spin-out for the best…

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Kevin O’Sullivan from SoloPep was presented with the One to Watch Award at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2019. Kevin O’Sullivan from SoloPep won the “One to Watch Award” at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2019 which took place yesterday at the Printworks in Dublin Castle. SoloPep was one of 12 investor-ready start-up companies to pitch their new technology solutions to investors at Enterprise Ireland’s annual showcase of start-up innovation emerging from higher education institutes.The award was presented to Kevin O’Sullivan from SoloPep, for the outstanding pitch of the day. SoloPep, which is an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund supported spin-out from the University of Limerick, has developed the world’s first suite of disposable airway clearance devices for patients with Cystic Fibrosis, COPD and bronchiectasis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LimerickNewsOne to Watch Award presented to UL spin-out for the best pitch at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2019By Alan Jacques – June 20, 2019 176 Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSEnterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2019Kevin O’SullivanlimerickUniversity of Limerick (UL) Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Previous article119 Limerick women had abortions in UK last yearNext articleBoys’ Choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral Alan Jacques WhatsApp Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Son gives his mother the gift of life with organ donation: ‘I want her to experience grandchildren’

first_imgMuscarella Family(NEW YORK) — In a reversal of fates, a mom in upstate New York has thanked her eldest son for giving the gift of life back to her.Brian Muscarella, 33, of Lake View donated a portion of his liver to his mother Diane Muscarella of Buffalo, after learning that she was waiting on a transplant list. Now fully recovered, the two are sharing their story.“I wanted her to be around,” Brian Muscarella told ABC News. “I’m getting married next year and I want her to experience grandchildren. I want her to be with all of us for a very long time.”Brian said he asked doctors to screen him to see if he could be his mother’s liver donor, after he learned about her condition. Diane had been diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in 2010 and was placed on a transplant list three years ago.“She sat us all down as a group, my brother, father, and told us what she was going through and the process of what she was exploring for medical treatments,” he recalled. “We visually noticed she started to get thinner, didn’t have as much energy and was tired quite often. We kind of knew something was going on.”Diane Muscarella told her family that she had been placed on the transplant list and that doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center had given her options for treatment. She was told that a living donor was an option and gave her pamphlets to pass out to family and friends who might consider helping.“I just started googling liver donations and reading through the information she had and I felt like it was something that I could handle doing physically and emotionally,” Brian Muscarella said, adding that he reached out to the living donor coordinators and later began the screening process. He eventually learned that he was a perfect match.Dr. Abhinav Humar, chief of the division of transplantation in the department of surgery at UPMC, performed the transplant surgery on Brian and Diane Muscarella on Feb. 29, 2017.Humar told ABC News that this was not the first time he’s seen a son-to-mother procedure.“We’ve also seen mother to son, brother to sister, cousin to cousin, co-worker to church member, to even complete strangers,” the surgeon said.Patients who have the most advanced liver disease are placed higher on the organ transplant waiting list, Humar explained. Because her condition was not as advanced as others, she likely would have been waiting a long time to get a transplant.“Certainly in Diane’s situation, she was not sick enough to be at the top of the list,” Humar said. “She was having problems related to the liver disease and she was low priority.”But the longer a person has to wait, the worse the condition can become.“About 20 to 25 percent of patients that we put on the waiting list essentially die before they get to the top of that list,” he added. “Living donations are a direct gift from an individual.”Unlike with some other organ donations, the liver regenerates within a very short time. Usually within a few weeks, it can grow back to full-size both in the donor and in the recipient, Humar said.Brian’s surgery took nearly six hours and his mother’s took about eight hours. Brian was able to go home after a week and both he and his mom suffered no complications, Humar said. Diane remained in Pittsburgh the entire month of March during her recovery.A year later, Brian is back participating in the sport of triathlon and he’s playing hockey again. Diane said it’s been 15 years since she’s felt this good.“She’s happier and livelier overall and back to the person we all knew before she started to feel sick,” Brian said about his mom. “She was always very supportive growing up and encouraged not only me, but my brother to chase after the things that we wanted to do. I think this was a way to give her the support she needed when she was not at her best.”Diane cried when talking about her son’s gift, saying it made her feel, “very overwhelmed.”“Being here for Mother’s Day, it’s a blessing, to be honest, that I thought I was not going be able to see,” she said. “I was on a donor list three years ago and there aren’t many people on that list who are here today.”Diane is looking forward to celebrating her son Mark’s wedding in October and Brian’s wedding in June 2019.“I never thought I would see the day and I’m more excited that I’m going to be around for grandchildren,” she added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SPARK grad launches business

first_imgGail Hickey launched her new small business, The Bend Executive Shuttle, on Aug. 19 after successfully completing the SPARK program at Saint Mary’s College, an 11-week program sponsored by Saint Mary’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) that helps South Bend women gain business skills to succeed.Hickey has been an independent contractor in the South Bend area for the past six years. She developed a relationship between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame and as a result obtained a large clientele, which gave her the idea to create her own shuttle company, Hickey said.“Because I was already an independent contractor, it was a very easy transition,” Hickey said. “But I needed things that I wasn’t privy to as far as business plan writing and things of that sort, which is why I ended up coming [to Saint Mary’s] to the SPARK program.”Hickey said her service is not just another cab company.“It is going to be a little more than [people] normally expect,” she said. “We do a lot more for our clients than other cab companies do and even more so than limos do. People have even called my service a ‘rolling concierge.’”In order to get the company off the ground, Hickey needed to learn how to write a business plan, develop social media and develop a capital for herself, she said.“There is a lot to put together and they give you all the tools,” Hickey said. “It’s not just the paper that they give you, but the camaraderie and the friendships you develop. It’s people that have the same vision as you do for wanting to be a woman in business, and you feed off that energy and it’s fabulous. … I would recommend it highly to anybody, and I have.”SPARK has three phases starting with an orientation session for anyone with a viable business idea and willingness to launch that business and they get selected, Martha Smith, WEI project director said.“Just because you apply to the program doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted,” Smith said. “We have a minimum of eight participants that we take in and a maximum of 14. The more likely they are to launch that business, the more likely they are to get accepted.”After orientation the 11-week course begins, meeting twice a week, Smith said. Community members with business expertise such as CPAs, lawyers, business owners, psychologists and social workers teach the classes.“We prefer that people with expertise in that particular area teach the class,” Smith said. “They give you their business card … they really, really want to help.Graduation follows the 11-week course, Smith said.“It’s a big high for everyone and then reality sets in — this is a lot of work and it’s not going to happen overnight,” Smith said. “At the end of the 11 weeks, there’s two features they end up with: a business plan and increased self-confidence.”Rekindle the Flame is the third component to SPARK, Smith said. Participants meet once a month at the college and have an educational component for one hour and one hour of networking. They discuss success stories and lessons they have learned.“This exchange is give and take, and once a year we have a retreat,” Smith said. “Everyone comes in together and again we celebrate successes and we learn from each other. ‘What could have been done better?’ or ‘How do we go forward?’ or ‘How do we tweak the idea so that you can too become a success story?’”Eighty-one women have gone through the SPARK and SPARKart program since 2011, Smith said. Hickey’s class was the most successful class thus far.“The neatest thing is that I’m a business owner,” Hickey said. “It brings tears to my eyes because I own my own business. That is so hard to do nowadays and I just thank God every day that I am a business owner. To be able to go into a company and tell them what I do and hand them my business card and have it say owner, that’s huge.”Saint Mary’s provides a connection to the SCORE program post-graduation. SCORE is a program sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide advice to small business owners.“They end the program and they end up with a business plan to do it and then SCORE takes over,” Smith said. “It’s a service that they don’t charge for and very few people take advantage of it. There’s a retired professor from Saint Mary’s, who is a SCORE advisor, and he connected us with SCORE.“It’s all Saint Mary’s connections that we offer to them. Saint Mary’s offers the connections and the network so they can be successful.”“The main feature [of SPARK] is that it is for women only,” Smith said. “It’s women helping women, that is our distinction. We take a woman whose business idea is viable and wishes to launch that business, regardless of where they come from.”Tags: SPARK, The Bend Executive Shuttlelast_img read more

Court says yes to floor-crossing

first_img4 October 2002The Constitutional Court has given the go-ahead for politicians to cross the floor and join another political party without losing their seats, in a ruling which is likely to make a significant impact on the country’s political landscape.In a landmark ruling on Friday the Constitutional Court upheld legislation passed by Parliament on floor-crossing in June this year. Constitutional Court Judge President Arthur Chaskalson said a 15-day window period for defections at local government level would be allowed, starting on October 8.Although the ruling, made unanimously by the 11 judges of the country’s highest court, applies to local level government only, it paves the way for the piloting of legislation in Parliament to allow for defections at national and provincial level.In handing down the judgement Chaskalson said the Court came to the conclusion that “floor-crossing legislation for national, provincial and local government level is not as such inconsistent with the Constitution”.The African National Congress (ANC) and the New National Party (NNP) are strongly behind the legislation but some minority parties are unhappy with it. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) put the brakes on planned floor crossings a few months ago when it gained a court order delaying the passing of the legislation by taking it first to the Constitutional Court.When the order was granted, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said: “We should be proud that we still have our judicial system which is showing its independence – the state said we had no case.”Strengthens democracyThe ANC has fought for the legislation in the belief that “it strengthens democracy because it gives elected public representatives the right to make choices within the confines of the Constitution’.The NNP has also backed the legislation. There are nine councillors in the Western Cape, including several in the Cape Town unicity, who intend crossing from the DA to the NNP. The new ruling could swing the power balance in favour of the ANC in the unicity, which is ruled by an ANC/NNP alliance, and in the KwaZulu-Natal reporterlast_img read more

How do cheergirls help cricket, PSC asks BCCI

first_imgHow do cheergirls promote the cause of cricket? Why are players auctioned like “gladiators” in IPL system of cricket?Hyderabad IPL team cheergirls.These were some of the questions that members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance posed to top BCCI officials, including its president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and IPL commissioner Chirayu Amin during a hearing on financial transactions related to the conduct of IPL.While the BCCI top brass claimed that IPL would help the cause of cricket and attract more talent, it was at loss to explain the role of cheergirls, sources said.It is learnt that the BCCI officials put the onus of introducing the concept on sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi.Some of the members of the committee, headed by BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, also questioned the concept of auctioning the players like “gladiators”. They said it reminded them of the Roman empire when men were sold to bidders on the basis of their physical strength.Manohar, Srinivasan and Amin were quizzed by the MPs for about two-and-a-half hours about the alleged FEMA violations.The BCCI was asked about the funding pattern of the highly popular IPL and the methods adopted for payment to foreign and Indian players.The committee also sought details of the expenses incurred on the conduct of the second edition of the tournament in South Africa in 2009. The IPL was held in South Africa in 2009 due to a clash of dates with the general elections in India.With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more